Language Arts/LA 7th grade teacher & students needed - Postcard project

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Language Arts/LA 7th grade teacher & students needed - Postcard project

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1LitTeacher
Editado: Set 24, 2008, 7:50pm

Hello Teachers---

I am looking for a 7th grade Language Arts/Literature teacher who is interested in participating in a postcard project with Brookwood Middle School, in Genoa City, Wis. Our 7th grade students are reading Megan Libby McNeill's book, Postcards from France.

In the book, Megan takes her readers on her journey to France as an exchange student. Our students will create a postcard that explains one connection between Megan's experience and their own life experience.

I would like to send our students' postcards to 7th grade students in another State (or country, if postage budgets permit it). Our students are excited about the project,...and I need somewhere to send them! I know my students will eagerly await your students' replies! This assignment will also prepare our 7th graders to write their own autobiographies later in the semester. There are 23 students creating postcards right now, and three more sections of approx. 20 students will follow since we are rotating literature books. Are you interested in participating?

I would like to discuss our postcard project with you. If you have any suggestions for our project and your school's participation in it, I am certainly open to them. It can be an exciting and fun learning experience for students in Genoa City and your school's students with your assistance; I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
kamholtzj1@yahoo.com
or
Jeanette.Kamholtz@badger.k12.wi.us

2mynenni
Set 28, 2008, 10:27pm

I know this isn't exactly what you are looking for, but it's a whole lot of fun. I am doing this with preschool classrooms (and myself).

http://www.postcrossing.com

You get random postcards but can ask for specific information in the profile that you would like on the cards and most people are pretty good at complying with requests.

I'm documenting my husband's and my experiences at

http://www.postcardsaroundtheworld.blogspot.com

Besides, I have found that there are many people who are teachers or grandparents participating (from the cards we have received) so maybe this is an avenue you can look towards.

3LitTeacher
Set 29, 2008, 8:19pm

mynenni---

Thank you for the links. How are you doing this with preschool classrooms? Are you sending one postcard to represent the class of students, or is each student sending a postcard? If it is each student, how do you coordinate that while still maintaining the privacy of each student and their family members? I would like to incorporate this into my project, but it doesn't seem practical for each student. Let me know how you are doing this.

4mynenni
Out 1, 2008, 5:40pm

We are doing this as a group project. Since we are just starting out, we haven't ironed out all the details. Plus the young children have to be introduced to the concept of others in the world. We put up a big wall map and before we send a card we find out about the area. We mark on the map where it will be going and then look at books to find out about their culture (dress, food, etc...), the weather, and the kinds of animals that are there.

Then we talk as a class about what we would like to know more about from this place and decide on a few questions to put on the card.

Eventually, I would like to get the children cardstock to draw their own pictures to send as a postcard. If I had older children, I might choose a representative each time to be the one to write the card.

Before I started this project, I wrote a bit about my vision here:
http://thepreschooltest.blogspot.com/2008/08/teach-them-about-world.html

It has a few ideas in it. It has really opened up the children's eyes to other places around the world. We have made different dishes from the cultures, brought in different types of clothes to try on, and talked about what is the same and different about us.

Of course, we are preschoolers so our main focus is social skills. The writing, language, math, and everything else are the added bonus.

5LitTeacher
Out 8, 2008, 11:43pm

Thank you for your feedback, mynenni! This is very helpful. I am going to bookmark the link you sent me. I'm going to try this for my class. They are turning in their homemade postcards to me on Friday!

6mynenni
Out 12, 2008, 3:17pm

I would love to hear updates in how your project is going. Please keep me updated on how you handle these projects.