Educator Resources for Carpenter's Cut
Students will learn the old mantra, measure twice, cut once with Carpenter's Cut, a game that teaches math fundamentals with the help of chopped-down trees! The trick is to make sure all wooden slabs are cut precisely to order with no extra pieces or erroneous cuts. Younger players can use the game as a way to learn about measurement; making equal groups; repeated addition and subtraction, and more. Older players, meanwhile, can reinforce concepts behind factoring, division, multiplication, fractions, and basic algebra.
In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 2-7, students will explore authentic contexts for measurement skills. Students will use a free online math game to take on the role of a carpenter who needs to cut planks of wood. Younger students will practice equal grouping in early levels of the game, while older students practice measurement, factoring, division, and algebra as they cut slabs of wood in the advanced game levels. Students then work collaboratively to create math word problems that include real world measurement scenarios. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »