Last year my 1st grade GT students got to participate in the Virtual Valentines project. When you sign up for the project, you can choose whether to participate at a Level 1 or Level 2. We decided to do Level 2, which meant we would find a partner class to exchange virtual valentines with and Skype with them. Our partner class turned out to be in Canada (we are located in San Antonio, TX), and it was quite a learning experience for both classes. The Canadians were stunned to see that most of our students were wearing shorts in the middle of winter – not an uncommon occurrence here. And my students were thrilled when the Canadians turned their camera to show us the snow falling outside.
In making their valentines, I encouraged my students to add a little “Texas Flair” to make them unique. You can see some examples here. The Canadians made an adorable slide show for us.
I am definitely planning to participate again, and I hope that you will consider signing up as well. Even as flat as our world has become through the internet and social media, there is still much to learn about people who live somewhere else.