Step 1: Share with students that what they are viewing is called Blueprints and engage in a dialogue about how blueprints are designed and used. Explore the various jobs that someone might have for them to work with blueprints (architect, project manager, building owner, etc).
Step 2: Ask what is similar and different between a blueprint and an actual building. Then, have students view a copy of a blueprint and identify three shapes that are the same, but different sizes, using a ruler or pencil as a measurement guide.
Step 3: Have students draw and cut out these same shapes in various sizes. Then, ask them to think about how they would arrange the shapes to create a “blueprint” of their own school.
Step 4: On a large piece of paper, have students create their arrangement of shapes and then trace the outline of the shapes to create a “blueprint” of their own school. Remove the papers and critique how the blueprint looks different when you remove the solid shape and are left with the outline.