Thursday, September 15, 2016

Community Build

In 2nd grade at GSB, we study community.  We have had many discussions about what makes a community.  We started with the statement:  Our classroom is a community because we live, work and play together.  Then, our classroom community is a part of the 2nd grade community....school...town...county....state...country...
continent...world.  They very much enjoyed how our bullseye did not even fit on the page.  We then talked about what we'd need to build a community.  We had lots of conversations about corporations vs. local businesses and ventured into some discussions about the local economy.  I followed up by a favorite story of mine, Roxaboxen, the story of a group of children that build a community play space in the desert.  The children in this story have all of the community essentials, including a town mayor and a jail.

We then took to building.  We have been building Gem Salt Bay Town.  The origin of the name is that I have tons of gems in the classroom which represent our people.  This has been a great project to launch our year because it has required decision-making, prioritizing needs and wants, collaboration and communication.  We are building a paper community and a classroom community all at the same time.  I do hope you come to see it on Tuesday at the Open House.  By this time, we'll be ready to hand out brochures for our town.

Chewonki Visit

We had the pleasure of a visit from the Chewonki Outreach Program.  We talked with our presenter about Vernal Pools.  If you don't know,...