Some elementary school students have a unique approach to learning – they are getting math lessons in the doghouse! That is, they built a doghouse, and the hammers, drills, and measuring tape are all tools of their math lessons at Laramie County School District 1’s elementary schools.
Recently, third graders have built five doghouses, applying the skills they learned in math class at Cheyenne’s Buffalo Ridge Elementary School.
“We talked about perimeter, they had to understand right angles, they had to understand measurement, they had to understand area,” said teacher Julie Lindstrom. “All of those concepts are applied in a real, applicable life situation, so instead of just doing it on paper, they’re doing a real life thing.”
During class time, the students built the dog houses with help from district employees and community volunteers. Students get the opportunity to see how what they learn in math class applies to the real world.
“It’s really important for them to understand the connection, what you’re learning in school and how this is going to apply to your life in the future,” Lindstrom said. “This (is the) kind of project they can say, ‘I’ll be able to use this. I understand why we need to do a whole unit on measurement or multiplication.'”