We began by looking at a google satellite map of our neighborhood and school. We talked about how the roads are laid out, the houses are placed near the street and where the sidewalks and street signs are placed. Then each table worked collaboratively to created the ground, streets, sidewalks and street signs for their constructed environment.
Next each child worked independently to create a paper bag sculpture of a house or building you might find in their community. We used marker to draw texture and surface material to the outside and construction paper scarps to add doors, windows and roofs to our buildings.
The final step was to work collaboratively to place their buildings in their constructed environment. The students really enjoyed the scale of this work and worked very well together. I chose to cover this objective in this way because my students haven't had a lot of opportunity to cut and paste and they need the practice. With this assignment they got just that. Next year I plan to do this again only leave off the surface/texture drawing on the outside of their building to save time. I also plan to precut the windows, shutters and doors for quick assembly and more uniformity.