Seventh graders are having the opportunity to combine math and reading and power tools into some important lessons that result in picnic tables.

Soft SkillsAt Amesbury Middle School, students are measuring, reading plans, drilling, and sawing to build picnic tables for the school courtyard.

“We have to do a lot of measuring and working on fractions,” said seventh-grader Travis Palermo. “It’s important to be accurate when you’re measuring. We have written instructions on how long the wood has to be, how wide the wood has to be.”

Special education teacher Elissa Firmes teaches a seventh grade class for one hour every six days in the school woodshop.  “They are understanding fractions,” she says, “and using that knowledge in real world situations such as measuring and building. After the picnic tables are done, we’ll have other projects.”

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