Our Community Construction Project is causing a lot of excitement this week during first grade social studies. Before spring vacation, the class learned about the concepts of needs and wants within the context of a community. The children listed everything they thought should be in a community. During another class session everyone worked together to color code the list to show which businesses provided “needs,” and which provided “wants.” Students constructed their homes during the first building session. During the next session they built the 15 most important businesses that are intended to provide for the town’s needs. We returned from vacation to face a very large piece of paper and a few boxes of paper bag buildings. Tuesday’s discussion began with the question “Where do we put houses and where do we put businesses?” The class used pieces of green paper to represent each yard and brown paper to represent the land for each business. After looking at several arrays the children worked collaboratively to agree on an arrangement for the town. They were pleased as they placed their homes onto the lots for the first time. The next session finalized business placement for the downtown area and included some reallocation of space to allow for more businesses. Finally, the class returned to the original list to discuss which of the “want” items could fit now. They had also created a sub-group of items that they called “need/wants.” These were things like a hospital or an animal shelter that are helpful, but are not always in every town. There was applause when we got further down the list and the toy store and movie theater were unanimously voted in. TPStown is a work in progress, but it is exciting to watch it grow and to see the thinking and collaborative efforts that are guiding its shape.
Yummy Synonym Rolls
Word Study is lots of fun using the SmartBoard and ipad minis for interactive games, but baking is a bonus. Pinetrest had a wonderful activity that had children over the moon. First we read If You Were a Synonym. We talked about old, worn out words and how to revise our writing. Children worked with […]
Inspired by the story of Caine’s Arcade (see video on YouTube), our upper school students joined forces with businesses in the community to launch a “Day of Play” for our lower schoolers and other elementary aged children in the community. While the event was designed to appeal to lower schoolers, upper schoolers found leadership opportunities […]
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Master Choral Class Brings School Communities Together
In early 2014, Ranney’s Lower and Middle School Chorus welcomed fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade choral students from a local public school to its campus for a 90-minute collaborative Master Chorale Class. Led by Ranney music teachers Lilly Torrente and Lisa Geene and Indian Hill School’s music director Meredith Thomas, the students shared warm-up and diction […]