Exploratory Learning: A Toolkit to Turn Elementary School Kids Into 'Neighborhood Detectives' Exploratory Learning: A Toolkit to Turn Elementary School Kids Into 'Neighborhood Detectives'
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Exploratory Learning: A Toolkit to Turn Elementary School Kids Into 'Neighborhood Detectives'

by Allison Arieff

May 9, 2013



Which brings us to Assignment #3: Neighborhood Walks…

                                         

Assignment #5:

 

C: Interview School Staff

When the class sat down to brainstorm what makes a neighborhood, everyone agreed that "people" were the most important part of any neighborhood. With that in mind, the Neighborhood Detectives broke into teams and set out to interview several school staff members to learn about their neighborhood and some of their favorite places.

Interviewing people they know helps young students connect with familiar people and places This human element makes the concepts of neighborhoods, landmarks and maps more meaningful, concrete and personal for them. 

The students interviewed staff members at school, about the neighborhoods they live in. Possible Interview subjects at your school:

  • Front Desk Receptionist
  • Librarian
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Custodian
  • Art Teacher
  • Principal

We asked them questions that the students helped to generate:

  • What do you do at CDS?
  • What neighborhood do you live in?
  • What is your favorite place in your neighborhood?
  • How do you get to school each day?
  • Do you live near nature?

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Exploratory Learning: A Toolkit to Turn Elementary School Kids Into 'Neighborhood Detectives'