Greenbelt City

    A Metropolitan Community

    created by second grade students at The Ellis School

Welcome to 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.

Enjoy exploring!

Our Business and Service Directory:


Academy of Learning and Sports
Bob's Post Office
C.D. Library
Children's Home
City-County Building
City Police Station
Community Church
Crafties Corner
Dr. Shawn Calm Pediatrician
E.L.P.A. Bank
Farmer Brown's Food Perks
Friend's Fire House
Friend's Recycling Center
Green Celebrity Sleep-Out Hotel
Keileirzab Children's Hospital
Partnership Airport
Peace 2 Gas
Sunnyside Senior Center


Welcome to our community! We hope you enjoy your visit.


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