Sixth graders redesigned a community park, acting as amateur architects to reinvent a popular community spot. 

Cribb’s field in Verona was the park that Ashlee Cosentino’s sixth-grade math class at Verner Elementary School worked as amateur architects to “reinvent”

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Students were told that, fictitiously, the park was going to be demolished. They then had to reinvent the park, using computation, research and creativity.

Eight groups at the school in the Riverview School District worked on the project for a month and a half. Then, they wrote to Verona Mayor David Ricupero, asking him to consider changes to Cribb’s Field.

Cosentino said the class recently completed a math unit that “taught students how to find the area and perimeter or circumference of many shapes such as triangles, circles, rectangles” and other shapes.

“I wanted to expand on student learning and show my kids that math isn’t just used for a grade on their report card or for them to apply a formula to a test,” sh

Sixth Graders Redesign Community Park

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e said. “They were presented with a real-life problem: ‘How can I use the information from math class to better Cribb’s Field for the Verona community?’ ”

The students drew their plans to scale and detailed models of what a park could look like.

Students and staff voted on their three favorite models, and the winning designs were presented last week to Verona Council. The models also are on display at the borough building.

One idea that caught council members’ interest was adding a concession stand to the park.

Council member Rhoda Worf said this is the third year that Cosentino’s students have done the project.

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