Just about everyone is familiar with the definition of a compliment. A compliment is an expression of praise or admiration. Although students give and receive bits of praise daily, this week Second Graders discussed giving and receiving meaningful compliments. They expressed the sentimental feeling one gets when receiving a genuine compliment. They also realized compliments weren’t just for the recipients, but for them as well. Students discovered that taking time to admire their classmates’ best qualities built strong relationships and nurtured friendships.
On Tuesday, Will Wingfield, a local Charleston architect joined the class and discussed environmentally friendly commercial buildings. Will gave Second Graders a glimpse into the world of design. He began by explaining the passive and active considerations architects contemplate when designing a building. He concluded his presentation by showing building blue prints which featured intricate details and many hours of thoughtfully planned out design. Will’s message helped students begin their initial design of their commercial buildings in Cooper Village. Using the knowledge they gained from him, students will make decisions about their building’s eco-friendly design.
On Wednesday, Second Graders got a visit from the local Fire Department. Firefighters joined the class to discuss their role in the community. Students enjoyed learning all about a firefighters tools, clothes, and equipment they use when they are called to duty. Students even toured a “pumper truck” and had the privilege to try out the hose.
This week, students worked with their groups to construct their businesses. Second Graders were in charge of all major decisions such as, how the building would look, where the windows would be located, and what colors would be used to paint the exterior. Students were introduced to building materials that could be used to make their structure “green” or environmentally friendly. Some of the materials listed were solar panels, single or triple pane windows, and various installation options. Each material was given a price and, just like in any business, students were given a budget. Scholars had to discuss and compromise with each other on the materials that would best fit their business and budget. One important lesson shared by many students was that cheaper products sometimes means cheaper quality items. Nonetheless, Second Graders persevered and constructed beautifully made “green” businesses for Cooper Village.
Tuesday, February 14th Valentine’s Day Concert 1-3pm
Monday, February 20th No School
Tuesday, February 21st No School
Monday, February 28th Cooper Village Presentation 2:00pm