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Title: Holiday Card Exchange


Summary

Classrooms explain their holiday traditions by sending cards to their partners around the world.


Description

Teachers and students prepare an envelope with holiday cards to send to the other participants between October - December. Students may send Chinese New Year, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Eid greeting cards or cards that show local celebrations during December or January. Each school will be placed in a group with approximately seven other schools and will prepare either handmade or purchased cards (decorations may be included) to send to each of the other schools.


Facilitators

  • Judy Barr, Australia

Languages

English

Student Age Levels

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

Dates

Aug 21 2017 to Oct 31 2017 - Project dates: September 2017 - February 2018

Possible classroom activities

Stage 1 - Preparation of cards - August 19 - November 8
Students prepare and send cards to their seven partners. (Optional: Students may organise activities to raise funds to cover the cost of materials and postage.)

Stage 2 - Communication online with partners - November 1 - December 31
Classes send information about their school, country, cultural activities, recipes and photos related to their celebrations in the December and January to each other online. Students may post messages to each other in the Holiday forum and ask questions about their new friends in the partner schools. Teachers may arrange video conference with partners.

Stage 3 - Completion of project - December 15 - January 31
Classes receive cards from other countries and prepare display in home school.
Classes prepare press release for local newspaper / television
Classes receive cards from other countries and prepare display in home school.
Classes prepare press release for local newspaper / television


Expected outcomes

Each classroom will receive an envelope with cards from a number of different countries and will be able to make an exhibition to show their school community. Students will learn about holiday traditions in other countries.


Group contributions to others and/or the planet:

Help students understand more about other countries' culture and traditions.

Related SDGs:

4. Quality Education

5. Gender Equality


Curriculum area

Social Science, ESL/EFL


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Attachments

47_xmas.wmv Project Video