‘If I Had a Hammer’ focuses on language of math

Photo by Tammy L. Lane
Photo by Tammy L. Lane

From KyForward: In the gym at Lansdowne Elementary, fifth-graders literally hammered out the details as they constructed an 8-foot-by-11-foot, one-room, wood-frame house in about two hours. The build, in which they tackled concepts such as area, perimeter and angles, showed the students how grownups use math in the real world.

They also recognized the importance of teamwork, communication and work ethic.

“In order to build a house, you need to have a plan. But you also need a plan for your life, and education is critical,” said Perry Wilson, founder of “If I Had a Hammer.”

Wilson, who is based near Nashville, shared how he struggled with mathematics as a child. When he became a carpenter, something clicked and for the first time, he got the math. Now he uses his trade to reach kids.

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