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Building Blueprints

Melissa Lawley


Students demonstrate the use of mouse skills to design and print a created blueprint of a building.


The student understands and describes the characteristics of basic two- and three-dimensional shapes.

The student uses real-life experiences and physical materials to describe, classify, compare, and sort geometric figures, including squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, cubes, rectangular solids, spheres, pyramids, cylinders, and prisms, according to the number of faces, edges, bases, and corners.


-Presenter box/Television
-Large wooden blocks


1. Check functionality of software.
2. Preview and be familiar with how software works.
3. Set up printer to print designs.


This instructions below are based on MILLIE-S MATH HOUSE software.

Instruct students to:
1. Open MILLIE-S MATH HOUSE by placing cursor on icon and clicking.

2 .Enter the "Mouse House" by placing cursor in the top, middle box and clicking.

3. Make sure the picture frame at the top has a picture of a mouse in it. If it does not, simply place cursor on the frame and click, and the mouse will reappear. Also, begin with the simple picture of a house by clicking on the first blueprint.

4. Match the shapes by dragging selected shapes from the left, and dropping it in the correct position on the right. This is done by placing cursor on a selected shape and holding down the mouse button as you drag the selected shape across the screen. To drop the selected shape, release the mouse button.

5. Place cursor on the first blueprint and click when the first design is complete. This will give a new blueprint.

6. Explore before clicking on the second building blueprint.

7. Place the cursor on the mouse in the picture frame. In this mode, the children are instructed by the mouse to select a certain shape. Allow children time to explore in this mode.

8. Place the mouse back into the picture frame and select the blank blueprint. This will allow children to design their own building. Allow children time to explore in this mode.

9. Print blueprint design.


Working from a photograph, students will use the software program to design and print a blueprint of a local building (Nets for Students 3.2). Using large wooden blocks, the students construct the building. Conduct formative assessment of identifying, describing, classifying, and sorting basic 2D shapes through student interview.

Note: Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.


I introduce this program in the computer lab to ensure that all of the children are exposed to the many aspects of this software. During station time in the classroom, the children will work with this program five or six times before I ask them to design their building.
This lesson is part of a larger Social Studies/Health unit that focuses on specific people and places in our community.
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