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Learning objects Design a neighbourhood


Help a town planner to design a site plan for a neighbourhood. Using a 10x20 grid, design areas for four regions (apartments, hospitals, sports fields and schools) based on the fractions, decimals or percentages given. Assign the area required for an additional two regions, using a percentage and a decimal of your choice. Use a number line to indicate the equivalent fractions and decimals for two regions. This learning object is one in a series of three objects combined as 'Neighbourhood fractions'.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students represent fractions as parts of an array.
  • Students apply understanding of equivalent fractions.
  • Students convert from one type of written fraction to another, using percentages, common fractions and decimal fractions.
  • Students calculate percentages to describe a fraction of an area.
Educational value
  • Includes planning tasks that focus the student's attention on the relationships between fractions, percentages and decimal fractions.
  • Illustrates fractions, percentages and decimal fractions as part of a whole.
  • Illustrates that percentage is a way of expressing a number as a fraction of 100.
  • Demonstrates how percentages and decimal fractions can be expressed as fractions on a number line.
  • Provides an option to print a worksheet that captures the student's design for their site plan.
Year level

6; 7

Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
    • Mathematics/Fractions
    • Mathematics/Equivalence
    • Mathematics/Number lines
    • Mathematics/Algorithms
    • Mathematics/Area
    • Mathematics/Decimal fractions
    • Mathematics/Percentages
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith South NSW 2750 Australia
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    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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    Access profile
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    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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