How did Teamwork Land become a class inquiry?
Jessica: This started as the kindergarten class was doing a PYP Unit of
Inquiry on cities. They had gone on a city tour in Mumbai. I had read a
book called Iggy Peck Architect and I had thoughtfully set out unique
materials for them to build with. Each class did different things with the
materials, but the KGB children were really into drawing their buildings.
After building, many of them wanted to draw their creations
representationally on a piece of paper. One day, I put out two big white
pieces of paper on the table. “We could make one big one!” they said and
went to work on a collective city map. Independently, the girls drew on
one paper while the boys drew on the other. I put those same sheets out
again during the class sessions that followed and they kept coming back
to them and adding more and more to them. While drawing, they started
saying “This is Girl Land” and “This is Boy Land.” They asked for tape and
they taped their ‘lands’ together. They were so excited about what they
had created. I thought, what can we do with this? How can we build off
Angela: It was sort of representative of what was happening in the
classroom too. The girls would be over there and the boys over here. If
we didn’t group them intentionally, girls chose to work together and the
boys chose to work together. So Girl and Boy Land, seemed to be a
continuation of that.
The making of Girl Land The making of Boy Land