Having kids learn math by building dog houses has not only allowed third graders to use math outside of school, but it has also benefited the ASPCA.
71 Charles W. McCrary Elementary School students built two dog houses from start to finish, assisted by several adult volunteers. This is the fifth year that McCrary students have participated in the Dog House Build project in Ashboro. The Habitat for Humanity sponsored program was conceived by two Asheboro teachers and two Habitat volunteers.
“If we can connect the actual math curriculum to things their families are doing, they’re more likely to be able to internalize it and understand what’s happening,” said fourth grade teacher Tyler Bidwell. “And so I really wanted to make sure that kids were able to see how math is used at a variety of different levels within our community.”
The dog house project can be accomplished in one day, offering real world math application. It also promotes volunteerism. Now an annual event, students look forward to it with great anticipation.