Pen pals help Granby 1st graders learn new skills


Judith Rowe’s first-grade students at Granby Elementary School recently travelled – virtually -- to Hawaii to meet the pen pals who helped them learn new academic skills.
 
The first-graders wrote emails to sixth-graders at the St. Theresa School in Honolulu, Hawaii, since the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Through their correspondence, new friendships has blossomed. The youngsters also discovered their expertise in Venn diagrams, as they compared and contrasted Fulton to Honolulu.
 
Rowe said the pen pal lesson spread across various curriculum, including a Listening and Learning component on comparing and contrasting, habitats and learning about Earth. The opportunity has also encouraged work on the first-graders’ writing skills. All typed communications have been printed and saved in a binder to show the students how far they have come and everything they learned. Before the school year’s end, Rowe said her students will handwrite letters to the Hawaiian students.
 
They also practiced patience and understanding, and would not allow technical difficulty to delay them from “meeting” their pen pals. One student said the most fascinating thing she saw for the first time was a palm tree.


Kayden Brand, Granby Elementary School first-grader, shows off
the email binder he and his classmates have compiled during their
correspondence with pen pals in Hawaii.