Fourth grade is embarking on a service project! Our students are going to be pen pals with residents from a local senior living community. The kids are so excited and their excitement is really energizing the classes.
This week, we talked about exactly “what is a pen pal?” I explained who they were going to communicate with. We then brainstormed what we wanted to say in the first letter. The kids decided to share things like age, pets, grade, sports, hobbies, music, family, friends, where they grew up, food, school subjects (and stuff that happens in school), favorite book, movie, dream job, and on.
Then the students decided on information they would like to know about their pen pal such as what was school like when you were my age, favorite color, do you still have any friends from fourth grade, any pets, favorite book when you were my age, first job, where did you grow up, what toys did you play with when you were my age, favorite movie when you were my age, favorite subject and more.
Fourth grade is in the midst of letter creation. Ms. Bator and I will then take the letters to the senior center, and the awaiting pen pals will pick one from the batch.We are looking forward to our return letters, and continuing the communication over Thanksgiving and the following holidays.
The big culmination of our project will be a visit to the center around Valentine’s Day to meet our pen pals in person. The kids can’t wait!