A Digital “Pen Pal” Twist

Our 2nd grade teacher came to me to talk about ways she could do a pen pal type project digitally.  She wanted to cover some of her standards relating to communities and also make some contact with another class outside of our school.

We brainstormed some ideas and I shared the idea out to one of my Voxer groups.  Barb Gilman responded not only with a great idea but also a contact to work with.

Here’s the project:

After a lesson on letter writing, 2nd graders from my school hand wrote letters asking questions about community.  Once the teachers reviewed their letters and helped them revise, they were sent to me to record.  I recorded them reading their letters and took a photo of the letter.  Both items were placed together in VoiceThread.  We sent that VoiceThread to a 2nd grade class in another state that will then respond to their questions with audio comments.

Here is how the first part of the project turned out:

https://voicethread.com/app/player/?threadId=6555315

The other class sent us Tellagamis that they embedded into a Kidblog post.  Our students will then respond through the blog to those letters.

Here is the other classes blog posts:

http://kidblog.org/SSS2nd/tag/my-community/

By doing it this way, we covered many standards relating to community and letter writing, but we also worked in some speaking skills and formed a collaboration with another school that will hopefully continue on.

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