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Super educator and hammock enthusiast Stephen Mullaney emailed us a few weeks ago asking us if we were aware of the educational lessons you can give using an ENO Hammock! Naturally we were more than interested, and he was kind enough to write some of them down for us. So, for all you teacher folk – official or not – here are 3 awesome lessons you can give to your kids using an ENO! Enjoy!

Math Concepts:

Focus: Shapes, attributes, teamwork and communication

Materials: ENO Hammocks, shape flashcards that are grade level and task appropriate

Levels: Grades k-5, math remediation, ESL, EC , Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy

Suggested Procedure

1. Clear an area and have groups get into a circle around ENO hammock (in stuff sack).

2. Ask for a volunteer from, each group,  and have them choose a flashcard.

3. Volunteer returns to group, and is not allowed to share the information on the card with the group.

4. The volunteer can only describe the shape on the card using attributes, comparisons or similes.

5. When the instructor says “go” each group unpacks ENO hammock and starts to build the shape.

6. When groups are finished each group shares their shape (museum style).

7. Instructor should guide students to look at similarities, differences, and accuracy in depicting shape.

Sample Processing Questions

* How easy or difficult was it for your group to create the shape?

* What worked or didn’t work for you group during construction?

* Were there times of fun and frustration and how did you deal with those times?

* What helped us stay focussed what was distracting?

* Was it difficult to communicate?

* Are there examples in life, school, home where we might be in a similar situation?




Focus: Knowledge of time or place, history, landforms, maps,creative writing

Materials: ENO Hammock, journal, pencil, pen

Levels: 2-12, adult literacy,ESL


Where’s my hammock?

Suggested Procedure:

1. Align with history, geography lessons, front load vocabulary, readings etc

2. Make sure all students have a chance to lay in the hammock, close eyes and relax

3.  Students should spread out, “solo time” and close eyes and travel to a place in time, or geographical location, imagine setting up their hammock and observing what they see, hear, smell touch, maybe even taste

4. Students write about their experience, using vocabulary that has been taught, they do not name the place, or time specifically

5. The ENO hammock will become the “authors chair” where students will read aloud their work

6. After sharing students in the audience will have to put together the clues and figure where and when the hammock was hung

7. Students can illustrate the story with the hammock and where it was hung to be included

Math Lesson

Focus: mean, median, mode, range, spatial relations, team building ,communication, perspective

Materials: ENO hammock. yard stick, tape measure, pencil and paper to record data

Levels:  3-12, adult education

Suggested Procedure

1. Divide class into small groups 2-4 students

2. Each group receives a hammock and is given an area (on campus or off campus) where they are allowed to set up the hammock

3. Students go and set up hammocks, measure the distance between trees (standard and metric if appropriate)

4. Groups should sit/lay in hammock, discuss quality of setup, comfort, safety, etc

5. Groups return to whole class and share data, each group is responsible for writing down other groups data

6. Each group calculates, mean, mode, median and range (standard and metric)

7.  Groups walk “museum style” to observe other setups and comment and critique

8. Break down

Sample Processing Questions

1. Was it hard to decide/agree on a setup location?

2. What were some determining factors for a proper hang?

3. What worked and didn’t work during the setup?

4. Were opinions listened to and honored?

5. Did the group try different distances and tension?

6. Were you creative in finishing the task?

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