In Social Studies, we have been learning about communities changing over time. We have a made-up community in our classroom, and since it was Valentine's Day, we named it Valentown! Our community started as one small neighborhood on a big sheet of paper. Then, a valentine factory opened, and lots of people started moving there to work in it. Then, we realized they would need places to shop and police to keep them safe, and restaurants and other buildings. We added lots of new places that would make even more people want to live in Valentown. But then... the valentine factory closed! People started moving away because they didn't have a job anymore. Then, the stores started closing because they didn't have any customers. Then more people moved away, and eventually the neighborhoods got really run-down and empty. We decided we make people want to move back to Valentown by making it nicer again. So, we had to decide if we would fix the old buildings up or tear them down. We could either leave it empty or build something new. After we fixed them up, we decided that people would want to live there again!
This blog is maintained as a collaboration between all students and myself. Each week, one student has the classroom job of "Blogger". That student helps decide subjects for our posts, as well as writing one blog post about him/herself.