Kids Can Make a Difference

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Media / Technology
Mathematics
Issue Area: 
Communication
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. 

Service Experience 
In Lesson Two: Cans Make a Difference, students on two ends of the pen pal relationship work together to collect enough canned items to equal or surpass the weight of an agreed-upon animal. In Lesson Three: Long-Distance Service, students choose, plan, implement and evaluate a service project based on the interests and abilities of both classes.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Kids Can Make a Difference
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

The classroom is matched up with another classroom 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.