Working together, your group will produce a real estate development project using Legos as your primary building materials. This could be a rural farm community, a small community of houses, or a commercial district of a city or town. It could also be a castle, estate, or town in history or a community of the future. This project will include the following:

1. A folder of notes, lists, sketches, pictures, graphs, dimensions, etc. from your planning stage

Before you get started, you will need to discuss what kind of real estate you are going to create, what buildings/structures will be included, initial measurements of the buildings, and ideas for landscaping, decorations, and accessories. Make a list of ideas for each. Draw sketches for each other to share your ideas. Write out some possible dimensions. Save all of your work in your folder.

2. A Lego complex which includes at least four buildings, landscaping, decorations, and accessories

The buildings should be complicated structures with lots of angles, dimensions, extensions, etc. Your landscaping, decorations and accessories should create an interesting environment/context for your complex. Do n't limit yourself to accessories in the Lego set. Be creative about your use of materials. Create an aesthetically pleasing project.

3. A display of the volumes of your buildings

Use pictures, charts, graphs, or spreadsheets to display the information in a way that shows more than just the total volume of each building. For example, you may want to show the number of Lego units you used of each color. Use your analytical thinking to come up with other ways to categorize the materials used.

4. A booklet which advertises your project

As the architects, you need to convince people to put money into this project. You are extremely proud of your work and want to show others what you have created.

5. A presentation of your project to the class

Try to think of some unusual way of presenting your project. How about a video, a skit, a commercial, or a panel presentation? Your information should be well organized and clearly presented, but use your imagination, as well, to create an interesting presentation format.

6. An evaluation of your project and how your group worked together

Each of you will submit an individual evaluation of your group's project. You will use the rubric to rate each aspect of the project. In addition, you will write out comments concerning how your group worked together and the part you played in the process.

7. Challenge A bill for the cost of the basic Lego building materials

Assign a different dollar amount to each Lego color. For example, red could be worth $3.00 a Lego unit. Write out a itemized bill for the cost of the basic building materials for your Lego complex.


A rubric spells out the expectations for a student's work on a particular assignment. This rubric will help guide you as to your teachers' expectations for the LEGO VOLUME DEVELOPMENT UNIT. By using the rubric to guide your work, you should be able to produce a work of highest quality.

4+ 4 3 2 1

Quantity quality of

More than 6 buildings with superior complexity. At least 6 buildings with greater complexity.

At least 5 buildings with greater complexity, At least 4 buildings with minimal complexity. Less than 4 buildings with no complexity
Building measure display Each buildings volume Is Imaginatively displayed Each building's volume Is displayed as well as graphs with color Each building's volume Is displayed in an organized fashion

Each building's volume Is displayed. Volumes are missing or poorly displayed.
Advertising book for the project The booklet is very Imaginative with all the
The booklet Is eye catching, colorful and full of detailed Information The booklet Is colorful with details about each building, The booklet contains information about each building, The booklet contains little information and Is not neatly done
Project Aesthetics
Very creative & unique
landscaping, decorations &
Landscaping, decorations & accessories
that create a great aesthetic effect
Good use of landscaping,
decorations & accessories
Some landscaping,
decorations & accessories
Poor landscaping,
decorations & accessories
Presenting the project The project Is presented in a very unique & creative manner. The project Is a superior presentation as to organization, visuals, etc..captivating audience The project Is well presented loudly, clearly and In an organized
fashion, holding audience
The project Is satisfactorily presented with some audience Interest, The project is poorly presented; does not hold the listeners attention.