Welcome to Super Green Town, the second grade model of a metropolitan community. In their roles as city planners, second grade girls made decisions about the placement of their newly constructed services in the Central Business District (also known as "Green Square"), city or suburban neighborhoods or outlying areas. They had to take into consideration such issues as noise, pollution, space restraints, aesthetics and usage. This year, the girls also gave special attention to green building and planning. Look for examples of hydropower, wind power, and solar power.
Working in cooperative learning groups, the students designed and constructed streets, bridges, inclines, parking facilities, signage, parks and recreational spaces. As neighborhoods and services sprang up, the girls positioned their single-family homes as well as the town houses, apartment houses and duplexes they made with a partner.
Using a camera on a tripod and a specially-marked turntable, the girls documented their work to create a virtual tour of each student's service. In partnerships, one student moved the turntable in 10-degree increments while her partner took photos to create a 360-degree digital view of the model.
In class, the girls put the names of their services in alphabetical order, to create the directory, which appears below. Click on any business or service name to explore it further.