A Metropolitan Community

    created by second grade students at The Ellis School

Welcome to Greenearth, The Ellis School's second graders' model of a metropolitan community. In their roles as city planners, the Ellis second grade students made decisions about the placement of their newly constructed services in the Central Business District, city or suburban neighborhoods or outlying areas. They took into consideration such issues as aesthetics, usage, space restraints, noise, and pollution. The girls also gave special attention to green building and planning. Look for examples of hydropower, wind power, and solar power. Also look for examples of solar panels, rooftop gardens, and green spaces.

The girls took a walking tour of downtown Pittsburgh to see first hand the skyscrapers, parking garages, and quiet green spaces. They learned that some buildings are renewed or reused. They rode the subway from the Central Business District to Station Square and then the Monongahela Incline up to Mt. Washington where they sketched the rivers, bridges and city below.

Once they returned to school, they worked in cooperative learning groups to design and construct 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.

Enjoy exploring Greenearth!

Our Business and Service Directory:

#1 Book and Map Store
A-B-C Post Office
Children's Hospital
Church Temple
City-County Building
Creative Crafts and Fabrics
Dr. Taylor's Dentist Office
Fine Art Museum
Fire and Police Department
Grocery Store
Katharine's Pet Store
Mackintosh Electronics
Mittens Jail
Nicole's Noodles
Pet Care
Rain's Hardware Store
Recycled Pencil Factory
Sara's Motel and Café
School #412
Science Center
Sunoco Gas Station
Town National Bank

Welcome to Greenearth! We hope you enjoy your visit.


The Ellis School - 6425 Fifth Avenue - Pittsburgh, PA 15206