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.