Connecting Classrooms: Christmas Card Exchange Project

Christmas Card Exchange Project
Overview

The purpose of Christmas Card Exchange Project is to have students create physical Christmas cards for other participating students around the world. The project aims at helping students become global citizens by studying the culture and traditions of and interacting with students from partner countries.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE CHRISTMAS CARD EXCHANGE PROJECT?

Students from 10-16 years old who are in primary, middle or high school.

HOW CAN WE JOIN THE PROJECT?

The teacher should register on or before October 25, 2016  by sending a short letter of interest to the project facilitator via email (melchor@lsts.edu.vn) or by simply leaving a comment and email address below.

Please provide the following information:

  • Your name (the teacher) and email address
  • School name and address
  • Number of students and age level
HOW SHOULD THE STUDENTS MAKE THE CARDS?

Students can be as creative as they’d like. There is no “set” size for cards so students can use their best judgment. They can personally design and decorate cards by drawing, coloring, or painting. Construction paper, cardboard, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., are all great to help make the card as special as possible.

Please keep postage in mind when deciding about the card size to save money. Based on experience, an 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4.25″ x 5″ (11.43 cm x 12.7 cm) works perfectly.

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WHAT SHOULD STUDENTS WRITE IN THE CARDS?

Students may explain their own culture and Christmas traditions and other topics such as traditional Christmas dishes, attractions and sights of the country. The goal is to bring a bit of holiday cheer to their peers so it is important to be cheerful and respectful. Be sure to include holiday greetings!

CAN THE STUDENTS PURCHASE CHRISTMAS CARDS PURCHASED FROM A STORE?

Yes. Store-bought cards are great for Christmas Card Exchange Project. However, teacher-advisers should encourage students to add some artistic flair by drawing on the inside of the card or using color to brighten up the presentation.

CAN THE STUDENTS MAKE OR SEND MORE THAN ONE CHRISTMAS CARDS?

Yes, but it is up to the teacher. Based on the final list of participants, the project facilitator will create groups of four based on age levels and/or school location. So, each school will have 3 partner school/countries.

If the teacher has only a few students, he/she may ask them to create three Christmas cards for each partner school. Ideally, cards to be sent to individual partner school should be more but not less than 15.

HOW MUCH IS POSTAGE FOR SENDING CARDS ABROAD?

The teacher should check local prices as costs vary from country to country. Some schools cover the cost but students may do a fundraising activity to pay for the materials and postage.

WHEN IS THE TARGET DATE FOR SENDING THE CARDS?

Ideal time would be by the end of November or early December so that cards could make it to the other countries before Christmas. Teacher should check local post office for types and speed of delivery.

WHAT OTHER POSSIBLE CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES CAN WE DO WITH THIS PROJECT?
Suggested Date Suggested Activities
November 1 – 30 Students prepare Christmas cards and may organize fundraising activities.
November 1 – 15  

Students send information about their school, country, cultural activities, recipes and photos related to their celebrations in December through PowerPoint presentations.

November 14 – 30  

Students may post messages to each other in a forum or online groups and ask questions about their new friends in the partner schools. Teachers will have the roles as moderators in the forum.

Teachers may arrange video conference with partners via skype.

December 1 – 30  

Students receive cards from other countries and prepare display in home school or classroom.

 

SUMMARY
  • Registration
  • Making the list of the members and partners
  • Planning the project
  • Informing the students about the partner countries
  • Preparing the cards, making presentation, communication online with partners
  • Sending the handmade cards to the partner countries
  • Receiving Holiday Cards from the partner countries
  • Making the exhibition

What would you add to these? If you have further questions, please let me know in the comments! 

 

 

Author: Melchor Bernardo

Melchor is a professional educator from the Philippines based in Saigon. He teaches ESL and this website is a bit of copy of his teaching styles and philosophy.

23 thoughts on “Connecting Classrooms: Christmas Card Exchange Project”

  1. Hi Melchor! This is an awesome idea! I have 60 middle school students from Minsk, Belarus who are willing to share their Christmas traditions to the world! I also sent you an email. Let me know if you need more information.

  2. Hi, Really excited about the project,
    My name: Conchi Quesada, I ‘ll enroll some of my 14 year old students in this exchange, We are a small secondary school in south of Spain:

    IES La Soledad Villafranca de Córdoba.

    How can we know which our partnet school will be? Ready to start

  3. Hi Melchor, I would love to have my 11/12 year old students (100) join the Christmas card project! Here’s my school info:
    McPherson Magnet School
    333 South Prospect Street
    Orange, CA 92869 USA

  4. Hello Melchor Bernando,

    I would love for my students to get involved! I have 36 students between 12-13, and 16 students between ages 14-16.
    Here is my school info:
    Madame Ché (French Teacher)
    BASIS Flagstaff
    1700 N. Gemini Dr.
    Flagstaff, AZ 86004
    USA

  5. Hola Melchor Bernardo:
    Buenos días desde la Ciudad de México, soy profesor de secundaria y mis alumnos de primero de secundaria (32) estamos muy motivados a participar en tu proyecto y nos gustaría empezar desde ahora.
    Los datos del plantel son los siguientes:

    SECUNDARIA
    CUMCH (Colegio Universitario Marcelino Champagnat)
    Once Mártirers No. 53
    Col. Cuevitas de Caramaguey
    Código Postal: 14400
    Ciudad de México

  6. Hello Melchor Bernardo
    Good morning from Mexico City, I am a high school teacher and my first high school students (32) are very motivated to participate in your project and would like to start now.
    The data of the campus are the following:

    HIGH SCHOOL
    CUMCH (Marcellin Champagnat College)
    Eleven Martyrs No. 53
    Col. Cuevitas de Caramaguey
    Postal Code: 14400
    Mexico City

    I received your email but I need more information and how to get in touch with you, the boys are already preparing materials and making some cards.
    We wait for your reply.
    Have a good Friday.

  7. Hi Melchor,
    I know, I am late, but I would like to participate in your project maybe next year. I am from Ecuador. Let me know news about you and your interesting idea!!! 😉😉

  8. My students, age 11/12 and I participated in this wonderful project from our school in the US. It was so terrific to see the excitement on the part of my students as we opened the packages from other countries. We also enjoyed the exchange of power point presentations describing our schools and communities! Learning about traditions from other countries is so important and our students loved it. We will definitely participate next year! Thank you, Mel.

  9. My students from a language school in Spain also took part in this project.
    It was a wonderful experience for both students and teachers. We all learnt something about other countries, their traditions and culture. The oldest students enjoyed making the power point presentations explaining our Christmas traditions.
    Kids were thrilled every time I turned up with an envelope full of Christmas cards. They were excited to read every single card that arrived.
    Motivation in the classrooms grew fast and all my students hope to repeat the experience next Christmas.
    Thanks for your hard work Mel!

    1. Trish! My kids had fun learning about Basque Country’s Christmas tradition! Some of the now prefer to call Santa Claus as “Olentzero” ha ha! Thanks for sending the cards and ppts!

  10. My middle school students in Italy took part in this project, too.
    It was a fantastic experience for both students and teachers. We learnt about other countries and their traditions and it was really interesting. For the first time my students realized that they could do something interesting using English. They enjoyed making and seeing power points and they were really excited every time we got an envelope full of cards. We also had a little exhibition at school and parents liked the project, too.
    It was a really motivating activity and my students definitely want to repeat the experience next year. We will certainly participate next Christmas. Thanks for all your hard work and for making all this possible, Mel!

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