I found this question in *Everybody Counts* (Mathematical Sciences Education Board, 1989, p. 32) and thought it would be a great one to do if your class is learning about area.

**Design a dog house that can be made from a single 4 ft. by 8 ft. sheet of plywood. Make the dog house as large as possible and show how the pieces can be laid out on the plywood before cutting.**

This is a great place to say that even though here in Canada we are officially a **metric** country, we are bombarded in real life with the **Imperial** system of measurement. I, for one, think students should be **“bilingual”** in both metric and Imperial! If Imperial measurement are not in your curriculum, it is still fine to work with those units. It just means you don’t assess for a grade regarding Imperial measures.

Mathematically yours,

Carollee