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Building a Dog Kennel Using the Common Core

May 13, 2014

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Did you know that you can build a dog kennel using the Common Core state standards?
YOU CAN! (Well, you’ll need some building materials too.)

CC.BetterLesson’s got the details!

Michelle Marcus is an NEA Master Teacher at Pembroke Elementary School in Troy, Michigan.

She’s got five Grade 3 Math lessons that will help you celebrate National Pet Month.

Her lesson “Building a Dog Kennel – Day 1” is aligned to Common Core standards 3.MD.C.5, 3.MD.C.6, 3.MD.C.7 and 3.MD.D.8. It offers a unique and fun approach to teaching students how to strategize thoughtfully about area and perimeter using a real world scenario. Students will come away from this lesson with a stronger conceptual understanding of area measurement.

Michelle introduces her students to a picture of her dog Riley (above).
What a cute, little guy! Then, she expresses concern that she is having trouble finding a place to board him while she’s away. As such, she suggests the students help solve that problem by designing a kennel to board dogs in class.

By the end of Day 1, students will have determined the total area of the warehouse where their kennel will be built.

Check out Michelle’s follow up lessons to complete the kennel project with your students:

These lessons are great! Dog-gone it!


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From → Common Core, Math

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