⁣⁣Lesson Plan: Transform Your Dorm Room on a Budget: A $300 Makeover Guide

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⁣⁣Lesson Plan: Transform Your Dorm Room on a Budget: A $300 Makeover Guide

Grade Level: 9-12 (This lesson is suitable for high school students and can be adapted for subjects such as interior design, budgeting, or life skills.)

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will learn practical tips and strategies for giving their dorm room a stylish makeover on a limited budget. They will develop budgeting skills and understand the importance of creativity and resourcefulness in design projects.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically.

- Handouts with the guide for a $300 dorm room makeover
- Images or examples of dorm room makeovers for discussion
- Chart paper or whiteboard for brainstorming and note-taking


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Engage students in a discussion about the importance of personalizing their living spaces, such as dorm rooms.
- Share examples of before and after dorm room makeovers to illustrate the impact of design and organization.
- Ask students about their thoughts on design and any ideas they have for improving their own living spaces.

2. Exploring the $300 Dorm Room Makeover Guide (15 minutes):
- Distribute handouts with the guide for a $300 dorm room makeover.
- Discuss each tip and strategy briefly, explaining how it can be implemented to transform a dorm room on a budget.
- Show images or examples of budget-friendly dorm room makeovers for visual reference.

3. Collaborative Brainstorming (20 minutes):
- Divide students into small groups and assign each group one or two tips/strategies from the guide.
- Instruct them to brainstorm specific ideas or variations that align with their assigned tips/strategies.
- Encourage students to think creatively and consider different aspects of design, organization, and budgeting.
- Each group should write down their ideas on chart paper or the whiteboard.

4. Group Presentations (15 minutes):
- Allow each group to present their brainstormed ideas and variations to the class.
- Encourage students to explain their reasoning and provide examples or illustrations to support their ideas.
- Facilitate a class discussion, asking students to share their thoughts, feedback, and additional suggestions for each tip/strategy.

5. Application Activity (30 minutes):
- Ask students to choose one or two tips/strategies from the guide that they find particularly interesting or relevant.
- Instruct them to create a visual representation or mood board showcasing their chosen tips/strategies and how they would apply them to their own dorm room.
- They can use images, magazine cutouts, or digital tools to create their visual representation.

6. Presentation and Reflection (15 minutes):
- Allow students to present their visual representations or mood boards to the class, explaining their chosen tips/strategies and how they would implement them.
- Facilitate a class discussion, encouraging students to provide feedback and ask questions about each presentation.
- Conclude the lesson with a reflection activity where students write a short paragraph about the most valuable thing they learned about budget-friendly dorm room makeovers.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

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