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Title: The Teddy Bear Project


Summary

An international teddy bear exchange using email and/or web forums.


Description

This project aims to foster tolerance and understanding of cultures other than your own. After teachers register, the facilitator matches you with a partner class. Once paired, classes send each other a Teddy Bear or other soft toy by airmail through the normal postal system.  The bear sends home diary messages by email or through the iEARN Teddy Bear Forum at least once a week. The students write the diary messages as if they are the visiting bear describing its experiences in the new culture. Registration is important to find a partner, even after matching your partner needs to contact you. Especially include the correct e-mail address, phone number, postal address. A typo can cause a trouble which will take extra time to start TBP between eager teachers.

PLEASE NOTE: This project involves postal mailings, so participants are encouraged to plan ahead to estimate whether associated costs are within their budget.

Please follow these guidelines for posting your registrations:

- Post your registrations to the appropriate age folders

- Use the " New Discussion" button to add your registration in the age appropriate folder.  For example: navigate into the folder: Registration age 5 - 7, and then at the bottom of the page, click "New Discussion"


Facilitators

  • Rasagnya Puppala, Japan
  • Maria Conte, United States

Languages

English

Student Age Levels

5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Dates

Ongoing - --

Expected outcomes

Many schools will develop web pages demonstrating their participation in the project, including the children's art work.


Group contributions to others and/or the planet:

This project is designed to fostering tolerance, understanding and to assist in the break down of cultural barriers.