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Old 07-15-2010, 10:29 PM
 
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Ok...I have been reading about the postcard exchange on another board, but they seem to be for general ed classrooms. Are there any postcard exchanges for sped classes. I would love to have my students participate in this activity..any ideas or suggestions??? Thanks


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I haven't seen any for SPED
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I think a special education postcard exchange would be great! I would love to be involved- let me know if you set one up!
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haven't seen anything, but would be interested! ...We're a K-2 class in VA. I think it would be really great; even if we had to modify it somewhat!

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Me too!! We are a physically handicapped third grade in pa.
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Old 07-17-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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I was thinking the same thing...Would love for my students participate



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I only have 3 students thus far....Emotional/Behavior Disorders (Grades K-5)...our writing isn't the "Best", but we would love to participate! Give them something to get excited about!

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I think this is a great idea! I have a 3-4 ED/BD classroom (not sure how many students yet) But I think it would be something that they would look forward too I am in!!
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I would also like to be involved...PreK to grade 7...what a great idea...
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Excellent Idea! I would also be interested in participating with my 6-8th grade students with Mild Cognitive Impairments....eight students so far.
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Wow!! Iam so happy for the interest in this! I just have 1 problem...I need info on how to set it up! Help..ideas...suggestions???


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Postcard Exchange Info
07-07-2008, 12:50 PM
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FYI: I found this information...ours would be slightly different since it will be Texas only.
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Here are the basics. You send out 99 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 states 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.

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. (don’t 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: “Postcard Project” 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 don’t forget.
c. Scenic pictures work best for students to visualize each state.
d. Don’t be late sending out your cards, kids really get disappointed when their states don’t come in as quickly as others.
e. Be a 100% partner in the exchange! We are all depending on you to follow through! Don’t 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 07-18-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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I would love to be apart of it I am a resource teacher for k-8 kiddos they would love it!
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:56 AM
 
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Ok...Here we Go! If you want to be included in the Special Education Postcard Exchange...I need to know your state! Since the special ed classes are typically smaller than general ed classes... I will take 2 classes from every state. Once I have all the states filled...I will get the list to everyone!

***I need the state you teach in and your name and address

***I will be doing my postcard writing as a whole class..I will either print the paragraph or have the students write it on the postcards...It really depends on my students handwriting this year before I decide..

***Please reply quickly..so we can get this started and hopefully the states fill up quickly!

I am excited and I think my students are going to LOVE this!!!
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email me lesliannrosen@gmail
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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Here is my info: Patti in Pa.


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Old 07-26-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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Thanks Patti! Would you send me an email to mistybutterfield @ hotmail.com leave out the spaces...and include your Name and mailing address and I'll add you to the list...Thanks a bunch!
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:47 AM
 
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Are you still looking for classes? I am in PA and have 10 Life Skills kids (mod. retarded). Email me at renee.nicolazzo@craw.org
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:47 PM
 
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I just sent you an email!
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