Part of Unit: Layout methods
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
This lesson plan utilizes a single fence picket to construct a basic bird house. Hand tool procedures and safety are emphasized throughout the construction of the house. This is the second lesson in a week long plan that concludes with a finished bird house. This lesson emphasizes different types of handsaws and proper uses of handsaws.
Please see the starting lesson plan under Layout Tools & Methods for the start of the project.
- 1 class
- 75 Minutes
California Career and Technical Education Standards
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
Objectives and Goals
- Students will be able to identify different types of handsaws and their intended purposes.
- Students will be able to identify a crosscut vs. a ripcut
- Students will apply proper safety techniques when using handsaws
Activities in this Lesson
- Saw Identification - Hooks / Set
As a hook, have the title page of the power point showing on the projector screen as the students enter the classroom.
On a piece of paper have students idenitfy as many saws as they know in the picture.
- Hand Saw Power Point Updated [ Download ] Power Point describing handsaws and their uses.
- Saw Identification - Lecture
Students should complete their notes handout while you present the tool power point. It is helpful to have a sample or two of each tool to pass around to the students while you are showing the power point.
Hand tool safety is covered in detail in another lesson. Please review hand tool safety with your students if you have not already done so.
- Demonstrate the proper usage of handsaw - Demo / Modeling
Instructor should do a live demonstration for students on how to secure work and execute a cut using a handsaw.
Students should complete their notes handout by summarizing the handsaw procedure as you are demonstrating.
- Peer Feedback with rubric - Check Understanding
Students make their first saw cut on their house with a peer reviewing them. Students should work with a partner and the non-cutting partner should provided feedback to the cutting partner by using the rubric. Students should then switch roles. The completed reviews should be turned in to the instructor.
- Handsaw Peer Review Rubric [ Download ] Peer review rubric- Handsaw Techniques
- Students use saws to create houses - Independent Practice
The instructor should observe students sawing techniques and provide feedback as needed ..
Student continue to work independently to complete the saw work for their bird houses.
- Clean-up - Project Check - Closure
Students clean-up lab.
Students should turn in their completed bird house pieces to the instructor for assessment.
- Enrichment Activity - Other
This activity can be used for students that are interested in further knowledge of handsaw uses.
In a journal (or on a piece of paper) have students answer the following reflection questions:
- When is a handsaw used in the real world?
- List as many types of handsaws you know of.
- List three important safety rules when using handsaws.
After they have finished answering these questions, have them read the article attached "When to use a handsaw" After reading the article the students should write a short reflection regarding the article.
- Do you agree with the author of this article? Why or why not?
- When to use a Handsaw [ Download ] null
- Assessment Types:
The instructor should complete the 2nd part of the Bird House Rubric below.
Instructors should also review the peer reviews turned-in regarding students cutting techniques.
- Bird House Rubric [ Download ] Bird house rubric - Handsaw technique & Layout Methods
- Bird House Plans [ Download ] null