Kids Can Make a Difference

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Focus Question 

 How does collaboration with diverse individuals make our voice stronger as we address a local need? 


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Unit Overview 

Students write letters to pen pals in a very different community from their own and develop a joint project over long distance that benefits their own communities. 

Adaptation:  Whether teaching in person or in a virtual classroom, teachers can help support student self-regulation with the goal toward helping students manage big emotions and improving educational outcomes.

Service Experience 
Students choose, plan, implement and evaluate a service project based on the interests and abilities of the pen pals.
Lessons in This Unit 
Kids Can Make a Difference
Lesson 1 of 3

The classroom is matched up with another classroom (or any group of people) in the country or the world. The students communicate by letter or e-mail and compare characteristics of place such as methods of transportation, weather, resources, and culture. Students will eventually work with their pen pal classroom to design and implement a service project. 

Note: While this lesson was designed to partner students with other children who live in different communities, for those who are teaching virtually a possible adaptation is to partner students with other classes in your building as a way of building community locally.