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Third-graders Present Plank Houses

Third-graders’ recent study of Native Americans has been extensive. The students continued their lesson in Liz Lorenz’s Project Math class, as students researched and built plank houses utilized by Native Americans of the Northwest. In September, students were split into groups and assigned a tribe to research. Throughout the project, students learned about scale and calculated the scale for their houses. They drew scale plans, as well. They completed meticulous research about their tribes and their homes. Third-graders constructed their plank houses and included detailed touches, such as totem poles, family crests, fire pits, and smoke holes. In early February, they shared their work with their classmates. “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.