The opening of our Post Office went very smoothly this morning. The children carefully figured out how much money was needed to purchase stamps for their letters. Then they went to the bank to withdraw money to purchase stamps at the Post Office. Once they purchased stamps they carefully put their stamps in the correct location on the letters and placed the letters/valentines in our CLC mailbox. Once they had completed this part of the process, we opened the CLC Post Office to process the mail. All of the letters were stamped with the date and each stamp was then canceled. The final step was delivering the mail to our mailboxes. It was a busy and fun-filled morning.
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Here is the curriculum update on the Post Office Project that I forgot to include in my curriculum update for the month of February.

Enduring Understandings:

Post offices organize and deliver mail
We can work together to accomplish large tasks that we could not otherwise do on our own
We can send items through the mail
Mail is a form of communication
Banks can hold our money until we need it
We use money to buy items we need
All mail needs postage

Essential Questions:
How can we communicate with people who live far away?
Where can we keep our money?
How do we get our money when we need it?
How do you mail a letter?
How is mail organized and delivered?
How can we work together to make a bank and post office?

Learners will know and understand:
What are the different values of the coins?
How are post offices organized?
How do you send mail?
How is mail delivered?
How are banks organized?
How do you take money out of a bank?
How do you work with others?
How do you use alphabetical order?

Learners will be able to:
Calculate how many coins
Discriminate between the different coins and their amounts
Explain how to use the mail system
Categorize names alphabetically
Monitor their own role in a group project