A Metropolitan Community
created by second grade students at The Ellis School
Land Area: Each single family home in the city neighborhood was allotted 4 times the area of the base of their house. Houses in the nature-conscious area were allotted 6 times the area of the base of their houses. These specifications required the girls to consider zoning issues and how to plan their green space.
Scale of the mountain: Using the vertical scale of our ½ pint milk carton houses (3 inches = 20 feet), we determined the height of our Echo Mountain: 108 inches = 720 feet (We determined that Recycling Springs is at sea level. :-) )
The four different ways to dispose of solid waste: compost, recycle, incinerate, and landfill. The girls were shocked to learn that in 2011 Americans produced approximately 243,000,000 tons of landfill trash which is equal to the weight of 80,000,000 male elephants.
Airplanes: We learned about the size of a Boeing 747 and Airbus 319. We compared the aircrafts’ weight, length, wingspan, passenger capacity and then the length of the runway required for take-off.
Parking rates: The girls discovered that parking rates are much higher in the city centers and city neighborhoods as compared to suburban areas.
Birds on Birds Sunrise Aviary