Welcome back!

Welcome back from Holiday Break!

As we return we will be working on a school wide community project. During our discussion on what community means, why it is important and how we can help our own community we will also be creating a project to display in the halls. As a school each class will complete the worksheet below and create a small house to display down the halls as tiny communities. I hope to add photos as we go through this process together. I have included the definition of community and the worksheet for now, photos will come later this week. (Update: kindergarten photos of the first step)

(Update #2 The painting stage! Caution this is gonna get messy ! )


But don’t worry I have some of the best students around they came in during their recess to help just for fun 🙂

(Update #3 We have started to complete the houses and hang them up in the halls. I created a sidewalk for them to line up and so far all of Mondays classes were able to complete theirs.)

(Update #4 the hallway is beginning to look like a real town. A few of my students even started making Hospitals, Vets and Bakery store fronts)

I quickly realized when hanging the houses up that the closer they are to each other the nicer they look.

If you would like to help out with this project beyond just its creation we are looking for donations of the following supplies

Supplies we can use to help with this project:




Spell Syllables
noun, plural communities.
1.a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality,share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.
2.a locality inhabited by such a group.

3.a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists (usually preceded by the):

the business community; the community of scholars.

4.a group of associated nations sharing common interests or a common heritage:

the community of Western Europe.
5.Ecclesiastical. a group of men or women leading a common life according to a rule.
6.Ecology. an assemblage of interacting populations occupying a given area.

7.joint possession, enjoyment, liability, etc.:

community of property.

Definition found at:


Original Worksheet for this project is as follows

My Community


My community is important to me because________________________________



I can make my community better by _____________________________________



I feel it is important to help my community because ___________________________


The project idea originated from the following website for ornaments:


Cardboard House Ornament - 1

Artist of Focus: Beverly Buchanan

Beverly Buchanan is an African-American artist who explores Southern vernacular architecture in her art. Ms. Buchanan’s work is widely collected and can be found in several major museums.

Many of Ms. Buchanan’s drawings and sculptures displayed in the online galleries above are available and can be purchased directly. For more information, send e-mail to art@beverlybuchanan.com or submit the form on the Contact page.


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