created by second grade students at The Ellis School
Welcome to Peace Paw Town, 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 solar panels, rooftop gardens, windmill farms, and green spaces.
The girls 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.
As part of this project, the second grade will take a walking tour of downtown Pittsburgh to see first-hand the skyscrapers, parking garages, and quiet green spaces. The will look for examples of buildings that have been renewed or reused. They will ride the subway from the Central Business District to Station Square and then ride an incline up to Mt. Washington where they will sketch the rivers, bridges and city below.