How is Box City being used in your classroom?

Box City can be used for so many things. Our planning director’s wife is using it to teach English as a second language. - Tom Charkut, Planner, Lakewood, Colorado

These excellent materials are great for planning efforts. Growth is our biggest issue. We can’t wait to use Box City in Pennsylvania. - Karen Weibel, Citizens for Responsible Growth

We use Box City to teach cooperation. - Sue Minor, Third grade teacher

In our building, we use Box City with 2nd Grade to teach the required social studies objectives that focus on community and neighborhood. - Liesa Schroeder, Art Teacher

We are going to do a 6-week Box City program in Hickory, North Carolina in October/November of this year with three 3rd grade classes. - Corey A. Teague, Chairman, Youth Education Committee, NCAPA

How much does it cost to use Box City?

Check in with Ginny Graves for current info on Box City Materials and Curricula.

If I already have the Box City curriculum, can I order the Classroom Pack without it?

Yes. Just specify on your order.

What are the best ages for Box City?

It has been reported to us that Box City has been used with preschoolers and with adults. All of the CUBE materials are written to promote creative thinking and can be bumped up or down by the individual facilitator.

Tips on making Box City Trees?

An investigation of my Box City files found a practically non-destructible one that is easy to make and costs virtually nothing. Supplies include: a paper lunch bag, scissors, and if you want to have summer trees: green paint. The bottom of the sack will be the base for your tree. The top will be the branches and the "leaves." Cut down about a third of the way into the sack from the top, making a longer cut to delineate a major brand and shorter cuts to make the smaller branches and leaves. Keep the bottom of the sack flat and begin to twist a trunk Twist the sack up to the bottom of the cuts, and then twist individually to make the two major branches and the multiple smaller branches. Kind of rumple the ends of the sack to look like leaves. The painting can be done prior to any work on the sack and allowed to dry before beginning the assembly. Splash paint unevenly, and purpose in multiple shades of green, to give the appearance of leaves. Let some remain brown to add interest to the landscape. Even when these fall over, they are not broken and can be easily righted. A smaller version could be a bush. Hope this helps.

We are going to the legislature with a proposal to make heritage education a requirement for all students. What materials do you have that will help me?

CUBE's Technical Bulletin, Evaluation of Built Environment Education in the Curriculum identifies methods for integration, teaching strategies and alternative assessment for built environment and heritage education in schools. It has an over large four page general explanation and listing of assessments as they pertain to Box City and virtually all community-based education processes and how they fit into state and national standards. As you know, assessment is individual for each state, district and even school. All educators who use heritage education or community-based education materials will pull out relevant standards for their particular classroom and site.