Laurie Smilac’s first grade class designed a 3D map of The Lovett School in Buckhead as part of their study of maps and neighborhoods. The students were asked to create bird’s eye view maps of their own houses and a portion of their neighborhoods. That led to the idea of creating a 3D map of Lovett to scale.

Students brought in boxes to be recycled into buildings. They worked in groups to plan out the buildings using Google Earth. They talked a lot about how to draw something as if they were “flying overhead in planes.” They also went on a few tours of the school to think about the height and size of the buildings.