Letters to Santa
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Title: The SANTA LETTERS - Since 1985 (ID:2076)
Begin & End Dates: 11/06/2017 to 12/15/2017
Number of Classrooms: No Limit
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years
Target Audience: Anyone
Summary:This letter exchange, which pairs classes of elementary students with Jr/Sr High students, is GSN's oldest (1985) telecomputing project... and one of its most successful.
Best of all, it is simple while giving your students a highly satisfying, authentic experience with letter writing (and reading!).
Key Words: Santa, Letters, Christmas, Holiday
Project Level: Basic Project
Curriculum Fit: Language; Technology; Community Interest; English as Foreign Language
Technologies Used: Email; List server; Text: stories; essays; letters
Collaboration Styles Used: Intercultural Exchange; Global Classroom; Impersonation
Full Project Description:
Project Name: The SANTA LETTERS - Since 1985 By Dennis Cowick, Global SchoolNet Foundation A favorite annual GSN project since 1985.
Students in grades K-1 or 2 write letters to "Santa."
Students in grades 7-12 reply as "Santa."
When you register to participate, we match you up with another class with whom you exchange letters... one primary class (ages 5-8 years), one older class (ages 12-17).
We also provide you with abundant lesson ideas and tips to help your students have a successful... and very authentic... letter writing experience.
Purpose: Improve writing skills in primary and upper grade students, and produce many student-authored papers for reading.
ACADEMICALLY: This project strengthens students' writing. Primary students want their letter to Santa to be "just right", and secondary students feel such a high degree of responsibility to the task that they also want their work to be their best. Students gladly write, edit, revise and perfect their letters.
They even get quite a bit of practice reading, because they want to read each others' letters and compare the contents.
SOCIALLY: One of the most noteworthy results of this project is the cooperative mode that the students seem automatically to slide into so effortlessly. They want to help each other, to compare what they have written with what others in the class have done. The desire to cooperate is obvious, natural and strong.
Project URL: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsnsanta
Project Sponsor: Global SchoolNet Foundation
Registration Status: Open
Registration Dates: 9/01/2017 to 10/31/2017
Registration Instructions: CLICK HERE to send email to the project coordinator with a message of interest or questions.