Building Our Town!
Teacher: Jennifer Marron
Cost: $235 or $215 if taking two or more classes
Mat Fees: $30
In this project based class, we will be building our very own town from scratch to help us learn about geography, weather, seasons, plants and animals, and of course, each other! We will interact with all of these ideas by “settling” a town, and then building it up by choosing different resources, creating rules (laws) and customs, setting up our own government by learning about democracy, creating a flag and so much more! We will learn about economics through the use of our own resources, we will learn about our government through setting one up for our town. We will start by building a large land map with many different land forms so that we can learn basic geographical vocabulary; mountain, hill, peninsula, plains and more! Our settlers will identify their needs and wants from the resources that are available in their newly settled land, and they will learn to respect the earth by designing and creating a nature preserve. Mini learning units include map skills (learning the directions and how to read a map), landforms, weather & seasons and how they affect food growth and living conditions, bridge building as a way to move goods around, customs, goods and services, creating a flag and other symbols, and more! Students will be writing in their own journal as we learn more about our town and our world, and as they modernize their town they will learn new concepts like “rural”, “suburban” and what types of activities normally go into each environment. They place businesses into their town, and then learn how to manage their new resources and take care of their land. Come join us as we build a town!