Who knew constructing an igloo made of plastic milk jugs could pack so many lessons for students?
Such was the case with children in South Dover Elementary School kindergarten teacher Diana Torres’ class, which recently constructed an igloo as part of its 100th day project.
To begin with, the igloo project proved to be an exercise in patience for Torres and her class during the last couple of months. She did some research and found out it was going to take 500 milk jugs to build an igloo.
“You would think it would be an easy thing to do” Torres said. “I thought, everybody drinks milk. We’ll get a gallon from each kid every day or every couple of days. But they came in so slowly.”
So, that led to another lesson in this project, Torres said. They turned it into a writing project where they wrote a note to the whole school and asked for everybody to bring in just one more milk jug, she said. The last influx took about three weeks.
And the 100th day of school at South Dover, in the Capital School District, is an important milestone for students, Torres said. Therefore, student sorted milk jugs into groups of 10 and counted to 100.
They finally reached their goal of 500 jugs and began building on Friday, Torres said.
The igloo’s completion ties into the beginning of the school’s lesson on the famous Iditarod race, Torres said. Teacher Casey Stokes, who is from Alaska, tracks the race, and each classroom picks a dog in the race. (The The Iditarod is known as world's foremost sled race.)
Among the students who helped construct the igloo in South Dover Elementary's library were Elizabeth Jones, Chase Christiansen, Denisha Eugene, Jonvonna McCray, Zyasia Saunders and Jaymeyre Snell.
“The project was really fun when we started counting out the milk jugs,” Jones said.
“It looks like snow on the bottom,” Snell said of the white stuffing that covered the igloo’s floor.
“It was fun building the igloo and I liked building it,” Christiansen said.
Christiansen’s parents, Sean and Beth (the PTO president), stayed at the school until 10:30 p.m. Feb. 17 helping Torres with the igloo, Torres said.
“They were a big help.”