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Third-graders Present Plank Houses

Third-grade Project Math students in Liz Lorenz’s class recently presented their model plank houses, a lesson designed to enhance their comprehensive study of Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Students worked in collaborative groups to research, design, and build scale models of plank houses once occupied by different tribes. The fascinating lesson combined social studies and math. In addition to building the homes to scale, third-graders added historically accurate details, such as roof beams, roof planks, and totem poles. They shared their houses and informational posters with the class. “The students did a wonderful job sharing their knowledge about their tribe’s plank houses and providing insight into the most challenging aspects of the project and what they took away from the process,” Lorenz said.