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Old 08-15-2011, 03:41 PM
 
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We are still in need of several more states! Many people have said they are interested but have not sent me an e-mail (mrsrogers1031 at gmail.com) Please send me the info. so that I can add you to the list! Right now the states we currently have covered are listed below:

VA
CO
TX
MS
OH
NJ
IL
FL
NC
CA
OR

We would LOVE to get as many states as possible! Let me know ASAP if you want to be included! Thanks



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Just in case you have questions....
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Here is how it is going to work & some tips (from previous post)

Here are the basics. You send out postcards to the rest of the people on the exchange. This takes place between September - December 12. You send either a few at a time or like me do them all at once. You write up a paragraph on your state, school, town, whatever you think is interesting about where you live and put it on the postcard. You can do it, or if your kids are old enough I would have them do it.

Once I have all the information in place, I'll be sending out all the addresses in a word document set up as labels. You can print them on labels or just print them on regular paper and glue them on the postcard. (This will happen in the beginning of Sept.)

It's a lot of fun and the kids really enjoy getting the postcards. Below are some tips for you. Hope that answers your questions.

Postcard Exchange Project Ideas/Suggestions


How can I save money?
a. Ask parents to supply a couple of cards each, as well
as put stamps on them. I did this last year...since I only had 16 students I had them bring in 5 postcards each. Everyone did so it worked out perfectly.
b. Have your students make the postcards out of cardstock paper and cut out pictures from your state.
c. Write to your local and state historic sites and ask them for donations of postcards. I did this the year before last when I lived in Arizona and the state department donated 100 cards to me. It took a bit of e-mailing to find the place that would but it worked out in the end.

How do I get the writing started?
a. As a class create a chart of popular sites, symbols and history of your state. Together write a paragraph that includes this information. You can go through the entire writing process by doing this. Then you can buy large labels to print your class paragraph. This will help fit more information. (suggested size 2.75 x 2.75 diskette labels are good to use)
b. Have your students choose states that they are interested in and write a paragraph about their state to each of them.

What should I include in the writing?
a. grade level
b. class and school size
c. number of boys and girls
d. school logo or mascot
e. fun facts about your state (things we cannot find in the encyclopedia or resource books)
f. state websites or school websites

What are some map and bulletin board ideas?
a. Use an overhead projector to create a large map that
includes Alaska and Hawaii. (donít forget our other counties and US Virgin Islands) Laminate the map so you can use it year after year. Place stars on the states as you receive their postcard.
b. Use a 3-D plastic map in the hallway to display them.
c. Use string to connect the postcard hanging on the wall to the appropriate state.
d. Allow students who wrote to that state be the one to read the information to the class. (Or if you wrote a class paragraph, just assign states for them to look for and then they can read them)
e. Place the cards in sticky back plastic and hang them so they can read both sides.
f. Title: ďPostcard ProjectĒ above a US map. Even when you receive more than one a day, choose only one to share each day. This helps to lengthen the project as well as not confuse the students with a lot of new information.
g. A good title: Postcard Pals

What are some ongoing and cross the curriculum ideas?a. As each one comes in compare that state to your state in size, location, climate, time zone, etc.. You can also compare the school information and size that was given.
b. After enough for a class set has come in allow students
to choose one that intrigues them and complete a state report.
c. Have each child choose a state (or more if needed) to
Become their state(s). When the postcard comes in they read it to the class. Anytime the state is mention during the year allow that student to read the information or show to everyone where it is on the map. Also give them an extra 100 in any subject when their postcard comes in.
d. Make a list of all postcard exchange representatives by giving each a number. Hang the numbers on the wall or chart with post its or other sticky stuff. Have each student pick their favorite numbers ahead of time and when they come in tick them off. The first student to get all of their postcards in gets a prize.
e. As each postcard comes in locate the state website and
allow students to read more about that state.

What do I do with all these postcards?
a. Give them out to the students at the end of the school
year.
b. Keep them for future classes to see and read.
c. For those of you who have several years worth, allow the students to go through them and graph the results.
d. Purchase a photograph book that allows you to see through the plastic on both sides. (the ones with rings work best) Put the postcards in so that future classes can read both sides. Label the year and date that the card was received. For larger cards use a sheet protector and cut it down to size.

Are there any other tips?
a. A great website to visit: http://www.kimskorner4teachertalk.co...angeideas.html
b. Send out all postcards at one time so you donít forget.
c. Scenic pictures work best for students to visualize each state.
d. Donít be late sending out your cards, kids really get disappointed when their states donít come in as quickly as others.
e. Be a 100% partner in the exchange! We are all depending on you to follow through! Donít forget you are representing your state.
f. Email each member as you receive their card and tell them you got it.
g. Email the group after you have sent out all of your cards. This will help us keep an eye out for them.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:17 AM
 
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I would love to be included! I am from Oklahoma! My e-mail is petersa#pryorok.org
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:40 PM
 
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I know your not looking for another SC class but I am a first year teacher and would love to get involved! My email is hmhiggins88#gmail.com. Thank you!
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NY would love to join
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My email is sawalsh5#verizon.net

Please email me and I will send you my information! Thank you, it is not easy getting a spot on one of these exchanges


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Old 08-18-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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Hello I would love to participate

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Nj
Old 08-18-2011, 05:51 PM
 
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Would you like another NJ? my email is lgrouser#gmail.com
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Tennessee
Old 08-21-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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Thanks for the update.
I finally emailed you my address! Sorry for the delay. Just so everyone knows, TN is participating too! Thanks! Can't wait!
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:13 AM
 
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Hello,

I am a sixth grade teacher from upstate New York. Can I join?

sbuyce#scsd.org

Thanks and hope it isn't too late!

Stephanie
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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Still accepting states, send me an e-mail or leave a message on here so I can add you!!!


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Old 08-23-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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I'm a third grade teacher from Maryland. I would love to participate! My email is achuey70#gmail.com. Thanks!
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States Added! Still need many more!
Old 08-26-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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Az
sc
ok
md
wi

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Old 08-29-2011, 09:05 PM
 
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Is it too late to add Louisiana?
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not too late email mrsrogers1031#gmail.com
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