This year, enroll your students in a Global PenPal Challenge! In each challenge, students collaborate with PenPals, create a unique project, win great prizes, and can even receive a feature on the PenPal Schools blog. Challenges are a great way to motivate and engage students while helping them practice reading, writing, technology, and social & emotional skills.
This issue of PenPal News includes website updates, featured PenPal topics, professional development opportunities, and recent PenPal Stars.
There’s a reason why World Explorer is the most popular PenPal Schools topic. When students are introduced to global PenPals, they naturally want to learn more about the world! In World Explorer, PenPals explore daily life, food, history, and pop culture together as they design original projects to share what they’ve learned.
Today’s PenPal Star is Erik from Sweden! Erik recently participated in World Explorer and had a chance to learn more about the world while teaching his PenPals about Sweden.
Last month, we hosted 2 webinars to help English language teachers learn more about connecting their students to practice language with other learners around the world. Whether your students are practicing their first language or learning a second, third, or even fourth language, connecting students with their peers around the world is a great way to practice language authentically!
Across cultures, there is one tradition that brings people together like nothing else: food! People gather to break bread in celebration, to build community, and to continue traditions. Food tells a story, it can make people feel at home and spark memories. So, it’s no wonder that students around the world love to compare foods!
Meet the newest PenPal Star, Metehan from Turkey! Metehan did a great job of sharing Turkish foods with PenPals from around the world in A World of Food, helping his PenPals learn more about popular foods in Turkey.
Global project-based learning can bring students’ interests to life, igniting new passions as students discover different ideas and perspectives from around the world. PenPal Star Gia already loved science, so when she had a chance to participate in Robotics, she was able to explore a new aspect of science with PenPals from around the world.
All year long, PenPals have been exchanging ideas in a variety of different ways. Whether writing poetry, designing flags, or analyzing the impact of technology, over 349,000 PenPals from 150 countries have connected to learn, create, and share together.
Like the winners from our School Pride Contest, Catherine, Iris, Lauren, and Ava from Florida, USA! These PenPal Stars created a slideshow presentation sharing what makes their school special!
“We did a Google slides on how our school is special. We walked around campus, taking pictures about the unique things about our school. We put 1-2 photos on each slide, with a paragraph to explain how it is special.”
Meet PenPal Star Sam from Indiana, USA! This PenPal Star is in the 6th grade, and earlier this semester she participated in Walking to Freedom where she learned about diversity, discrimination, and civil rights movements around the world.
While there are great topics available for students to explore with PenPals all year long, students also have the choice to join special contests throughout the year. Earlier this spring, students participated in the Global Poetry Contest to celebrate World Poetry Day. Students wrote original poems and voted for their favorites! Two students from New Zealand won the contest, and you can read their original poems here.
Hundreds of other students wrote incredible poems during the Global Poetry Contest, too, and today we’re excited to introduce you to PenPal Star Alejandro from Mexico!
PenPal Schools is excited to announce two brand new topics created in partnership with Oxford University Press: Homes Around the World and Transportation Then & Now.
Each year, teachers around the world use materials from Oxford University Press to support their students. Through an exciting partnership with PenPal Schools, you can now invite your students to read and discuss articles from Oxford University Press with PenPals on PenPal Schools!