Math 5: Drawing a Floor Plan

Time to update your room? While we can appreciate the value of teddy bear sheets, we have a few tips for planning an overhaul if you're getting tired of the old motifs.

5th GradeMath
Elementary and Middle School5th Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

00:25

She tells him he’s been watching too many of those home makeover shows on HGTV…

00:29

But Cecil begs some more, and eventually she relents on one condition…

00:32

He can redo the room, but Cecil has to draw a floor plan of how he wants it before they

00:37

move any furniture.

00:38

No worries…says Cecil. I got this. [Cecil with his thumbs up]

00:40

First, he measures the dimensions of his room, which is 10 and 1/8 feet by 12 feet.

00:46

He also measures all the furniture, like his twin bed, beanbag chair, and his shelf

00:50

full of baby toys.

00:51

All right, now that he’s got the dimensions recorded, it’s time to draw the floor plan.

00:54

Of course, he can’t use the exact dimensions he’s recorded to draw the floor plan, though.

00:58

Then the floor plan would be the exact same size as the room.

01:00

Cecil knows that he’s going to shrink the dimensions for his floor plan, drawing it all to a consistent scale.

01:05

He decides the easiest thing to do would be to make 1 inch = 1 foot.

01:09

That is one of those happy times in life where taking the easiest road is a-okay. [Sign shows 'easy road ahead' and a tick appears]

01:13

So Cecil starts to draw the rectangular shape of his bedroom, where each foot is drawn as

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one inch on the paper.

01:18

So since the room is 10 and 1/8 feet long, he draws it as 10 and 1/8 inches on the paper.

01:24

No sweat…and no blood or tears either.

01:26

Then Cecil remembers that he’d better measure all the windows and doors too.

01:30

If he doesn’t, his bed might end up blocking the door…

01:32

Or his shelf might end up blocking the window…

01:35

And then how would he sneak out at night to hang with his friends? [Cecil's friends looking through a blocked window]

01:38

Oh…sorry, Cecil…didn’t mean to sell you out like that.

01:40

Awesome, now Cecil has an accurate and detailed floor plan that shows the dimensions of his

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room to scale.

01:46

So next, he’s gotta figure out how he wants to arrange his furniture.

01:48

He can see what will fit with the amazing magic of a ruler, a pencil, and paper.

01:52

And so, after hours of sketching, erasing, and moving things around, he finally comes

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up with a spanking new floor plan for his room.

01:58

He shows his Mom, and she’s impressed. [Cecil has the floor plan in his hand and his mum gives the thumbs up]

02:01

She tells him he has proven his responsibility and that, at long last, he’s turning into

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an adult.

02:06

The day has finally come when he can get rid of the baby elephant wallpaper and pick any [Cecil and his mum walk into a hardware store]

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new motif he wants.

02:11

He says…Cool.

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How ‘bout shrunken heads?