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Lavaca Middle School

603 South Division
Lavaca, Arkansas 72941

479- 674-5618

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6th grade field trip to 5 mile camp 2009

The 6th Grade class from Lavaca Middle School went to the 5 Mile Children’s Camp in Quapaw, OK, on Friday the 13th to take part in the “If I Had a Hammer” program. It turned out to be a lucky day on what is normally considered to be an unlucky day. They enjoyed riding horses and working on a math manipulative that allowed them to assemble a house using teamwork and communication skills. “If I Had a Hammer” allows students to use hands-on math to learn volume, perimeter, and area, as well as other life skills. The 6 week curriculum will be taught both in the classroom and on field trips such as this. Developer, Perry Wilson, was a student who struggled with math skills and went on to be a carpenter that finally understood these concepts after using a measuring tape and figuring costs on jobs. Wilson knew that there had to be a way to teach others in the same hands-on manner in which he learned. Working with Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, and the 5 Mile Children’s Foundation, they have extended services to schools in Southeast Kansas, Northeast Oklahoma, and Arkansas. “If I Had a Hammer” has also touched the lives of others throughout the nation.

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