Letter Writing Pen PalsI teach letter writing in second grade. I have had international pen pals in the past, but they are hard to find for primary ages. It really is an effective way to teach...

Letter Writing Pen Pals

I teach letter writing in second grade. I have had international pen pals in the past, but they are hard to find for primary ages. It really is an effective way to teach letter writing. Especially, in an online world. Does anyone have advice on how to locate international classrooms? 


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I am a second grade teacher in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and I am looking for pen pals for my students. I have 17 at this time but expect at least 18 or 19 before school starts (August 10th). If you are interested, please contact me. My email address is cjteacher45@hotmail.com.

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I am a second grade teacher in Massachusetts and want to set up a Penpal system with another 2nd grade class somewhere in the U.S.  If you are interested, I have 25 students who would love to exchange letters!

My second grade class would love to have penpals. Are you still interested? We are from Detroit Michigan. I will have 25 students.

I am a second grade teacher in Longmeadow mass and would love to be penpals with a second grade class.  We have been practicing how to write a friendly letter and the class wanted to write to other children outside of their town.  My personal e-mail is casrobinson2001@yahoo.com.  I would love to hear from you! - Allison

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I have a talented and gifted first grade class in Brooklyn, NY. There are 12 children (8 girls, 4 boys). We would love to find penpals in a different community so that we can share our interests and experiences.

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I have 30 second graders in Eugene, OR.  14 boys, 16 girls.  Would love U.S. penpals!

Did you find your penpals?

marc.severson@tusd1.org

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I am interested in penpals, but I am from Canada.  We are currently working on teaching people around the world about our community, as well as hearing about theres.  Please let me know if you are interested.

Shariahmohammed@gmail.com

 

 

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I have 30 second graders in Eugene, OR.  14 boys, 16 girls.  Would love U.S. penpals!

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We would love to be your penpals! We live in Houston, TX and my students really want to be penpals with kids all over the world! If you're interested please let me know!

If you don't have penpals yet, we're ready!

I have 21 second graders! Come one, come all! We want friends from all around the world.

kidzmatter!

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We would love to be your penpals! We live in Houston, TX and my students really want to be penpals with kids all over the world! If you're interested please let me know!

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If you are still looking for pen pals for 2009-2010 school year, just let me know. I have 20 second graders in east Tennessee.

 

Carolyn Rogers

rogersc@hck12.net

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I need penpals for the upcoming school year. I will have 25-26 second graders. Let our children learn the writing process together from the start of the school year.

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I am a second grade teacher in Massachusetts and want to set up a Penpal system with another 2nd grade class somewhere in the U.S.  If you are interested, I have 25 students who would love to exchange letters!

My second grade class would love to have penpals. Are you still interested? We are from Detroit Michigan. I will have 25 students.

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Letter Writing Pen Pals

I teach letter writing in second grade. I have had international pen pals in the past, but they are hard to find for primary ages. It really is an effective way to teach letter writing. Especially, in an online world. Does anyone have advice on how to locate international classrooms? 



I am a teacher in Guadalajara Mexico and I am looking for penpals for my students (first grade-but it is more equivalent to second grade in the US). I have a program that I have set up at:

http://www.teacheternity.org/reading/penpal.html

You can click on the game demo to get an idea of how it works. If you know computers, it uses php and mysQL, but you won't need to know all that. Let me know if you are interested still.

I am looking for class penpals for my 2nd grade students in California. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to access your game. Please let me know if you are still interested.  

Are you still interested in looking for 2nd grade penpals in CA?

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Letter Writing Pen Pals

I teach letter writing in second grade. I have had international pen pals in the past, but they are hard to find for primary ages. It really is an effective way to teach letter writing. Especially, in an online world. Does anyone have advice on how to locate international classrooms? 



I am a teacher in Guadalajara Mexico and I am looking for penpals for my students (first grade-but it is more equivalent to second grade in the US). I have a program that I have set up at:

http://www.teacheternity.org/reading/penpal.html

You can click on the game demo to get an idea of how it works. If you know computers, it uses php and mysQL, but you won't need to know all that. Let me know if you are interested still.

I am looking for class penpals for my 2nd grade students in California. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to access your game. Please let me know if you are still interested.  

Are you still looking for Penpals?  I have 25 2nd graders in Massachusetts that would love to set something up.

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I am a second grade teacher in Massachusetts and want to set up a Penpal system with another 2nd grade class somewhere in the U.S.  If you are interested, I have 25 students who would love to exchange letters!

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To teach students about writing business letters, I have them write a letter to the company that makes their favorite food product.  As well as learning about and writing their own business letters, they are using their senses to describe the food and give suggestions about how the company can make the food and or packaging even better.  They also learn about what is included on the packaging of products and the process of finding the mailing address and addressing an envelope.  Many students receive a response from the company.  The company often gives the student coupons and sometimes free products.  They light up when they receive a reply!

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Letter Writing Pen Pals

I teach letter writing in second grade. I have had international pen pals in the past, but they are hard to find for primary ages. It really is an effective way to teach letter writing. Especially, in an online world. Does anyone have advice on how to locate international classrooms? 



I am a teacher in Guadalajara Mexico and I am looking for penpals for my students (first grade-but it is more equivalent to second grade in the US). I have a program that I have set up at:

http://www.teacheternity.org/reading/penpal.html

You can click on the game demo to get an idea of how it works. If you know computers, it uses php and mysQL, but you won't need to know all that. Let me know if you are interested still.

I am looking for class penpals for my 2nd grade students in California. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to access your game. Please let me know if you are still interested.  

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Letter Writing Pen Pals

I teach letter writing in second grade. I have had international pen pals in the past, but they are hard to find for primary ages. It really is an effective way to teach letter writing. Especially, in an online world. Does anyone have advice on how to locate international classrooms? 



I am a teacher in Guadalajara Mexico and I am looking for penpals for my students (first grade-but it is more equivalent to second grade in the US). I have a program that I have set up at:

http://www.teacheternity.org/reading/penpal.html

You can click on the game demo to get an idea of how it works. If you know computers, it uses php and mysQL, but you won't need to know all that. Let me know if you are interested still.

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I have taught letter writing in second grade and I allowed the students to choose a celebrity from a "teacher approved" list.  The list contained movie stars, television celebrities, sports stars, authors and illustrators.  The students were very excited about someone famous reading their letters.  It was even more exciting to receive letters, autographs, posters, etc.  We even received an autographed poster for an upcoming book by Jerry Pinkney.  We kept in touch with Mr. Pinkney throughout the year and received several letters from him.  We framed the poster and some of the letters and have them on display in the school.  It was a project that continued throughout the school year the the entire building became excited about.

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A great way to teach letter writing is with Flat Stanley. Yes, he is back! What is even better now to help the students get excited are the Flat Stanley books. The students can relate to him from the reading and express their thoughts more clearly. Not only that, you are also intergrating reading and writing to help students develop a voice and focus their writing. A website you can refer to is http://www.flatstanleyproject.com/. It also supports the literacy framework of teaching.

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I just finished letter writing in my classroom. We did the Great Mail Race. The GMR has a few steps:

1. Students (as a class) come up with a list of questions to research our community.

2. Then, we filled out a survey (made in the class or you can find some online) about our community, state and personal information (hobbies, favorite subject, etc).

3. Students choose a state to write to. They write their letters making sure they are following the GMR format. First paragraph is about the GMR, second paragraph is personal information (similar to survey information), third paragraph is about their community/state and the fourth paragraph is asking questions to the other state and asking them to write back.

see next post - I ran out of room!  :)

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4. Then, students used the internet (and Google Maps) to find a school's address in their state. They practiced addressing envelopes. When we address the envelope, we put the school name and then "any 3rd grade" (or whatever grade you are writing to).

5. We packed our envelopes with their letter, survey, a letter to the teacher and a blank survey. The teacher letter explains everything and the blank survey is for them to fill out and send back.

Now, we are anxiously waiting for replies. It really ties into looking into communities, geography, writing, etc. We also discussed the Mail System and how it is organized. The students were so excited to draft and write this letter! I have all of the documents you would need - let me know if you want to take a look at them!

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You may use the online world to your advantage. Consider posting a message on any of the educational websites for teachers such as Education World, The Apple, ProTeacher, etc. I am a 2nd grade teacher myself and these sites have wonderful forums that would allow you to communicate with other educators. When I was in elementary school, we would find schools to write to in other states and they would always right back. With the ease of the internet, you might want to look up schools at random on the internet and write letters to them. I am sure that they would write you back.

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