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Posted 09/13/2018 05:58PM

First Graders Work Together in the new DREAM Lab

Hey, what’s that thingamabob? Why, it’s a Rigamajig!

This week, Carrollwood Day School first graders explored the DREAM Lab in connection with their current IB unit of inquiry, “Go Team! Working Together.” With a central idea that “working together builds community,” the first graders are learning in the classroom and during specials not only how to work together, but about the roles and responsibilities in our school; conflict resolution; and cooperation.

In the DREAM Lab with Mrs. Layton, students read Rosie Revere the Engineer, an engaging book about Rosie, a young schoolgirl who seems quiet during the day, but at night becomes an inventor of various gadgets, with dreams of becoming a great engineer. She learns that frustration and failure is part of the creative process, and one only truly fails if one quits.

After reading about Rosie, students unpacked the Rigamajig and investigated all of the different parts together, describing what they saw, where they had seen it before at school, and where they had seen these kinds of shapes in real life. Mrs. Layton then asked the children how they could respect and listen to everyone’s ideas, work together as a team, and build something. The children raised their hands to suggest things to build.

"We could build a zipline!"

"How about a house too?"

"I'm going to make a dog door, for the house!"

"Can we build it in Tampa?"

Everyone suggested different ideas and got a chance to speak, then, at the suggestion of their classmate Noah to “huddle up,” the children brought their ideas to life!

Learn more about the DREAM Lab this coming Tuesday, September 18. Our DREAM team of specialists will be on hand to introduce you to all the learning opportunities they will offer your children this year. Our DREAM team is:
  • Haley Architetto (Literacy Coach) & Tracy Sweet (Learning Specialist)
  • Tanya Layton (DREAM Lab Specialist)
  • Malu Molano (School Counselor) & Lisa Vicencio (IB PYP Coordinator


The Go Team! Working Together unit is part of the IB Primary Years Programme Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organize Ourselves. Throughout the PYP (taught to children ages three – fifth grade), the transdisciplinary themes focus on issues that span subject areas. How We Organize Ourselves is an inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making, economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

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