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Classroom Connection: ePals for Sixth Graders

November 22, 2013
By KCS Staff

Know what a "kiwi" looks like? Just ask one of our sixth graders. As well as being the name of a fruit, a kiwi is a flightless bird native to New Zealand. Thanks to a current project, 6A and 6B have learned about kiwi birds through their interaction and correspondence with a class in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Mrs. Law, sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher, established this relationship through ePals Global Community. The website connects classrooms around the world through email, Skype, and projects. Our sixth graders have emailed with students in two countries: New Zealand and Poland. They have also produced a video, filmed on different parts of the campus, as an introduction to their life at KCS.

Their latest project involves Kiwi, a stuffed animal that the classes received from their friends in New Zealand. Each day, Kiwi goes home with a student and a picture is taken of Kiwi and the student at a unique location in Hawaii. Pictures will then be sent to the class in New Zealand. As part of the exchange, our students sent a "honu" to New Zealand and will receive pictures of its adventures in Rotorua.

Through this experience, Mrs. Law hopes students will build friendship through their email exchanges as well as cultural awareness and a better understanding of world geography. Students look forward to corresponding with their ePals throughout the school year!