Christmas Card Exchange Project Year 2

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.

Important: Please read the FAQs thoroughly before signing up.

FAQs

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE CHRISTMAS CARD EXCHANGE PROJECT?

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

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!

Some of my students don’t celebrate Christmas, can they still join?

They can still participate, of course! You may ask them to write letters or make a card based on his/her culture’s most important holiday!

CAN THE STUDENTS USE 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.

HOW MANY CARDS SHOULD WE SEND?

Based on the final list of participants, the project facilitator (yours truly) will create groups of four based on age levels of the students and/or your school location. So, that means you will have 3 partner schools/countries.

You then should send a minimum of 15 Christmas cards to each of your partner school. If you do the math, that’s a total of 45 Christmas cards at the very least. If you only have a few students, you may ask each student to create two or three Christmas cards in order to meet the requirement.

Can you send more than 15 cards to each of the school in your group? Absolutely! The more, the merrier!

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.

Before you sign up for this project, please make sure that you will be able cover the cost of sending the parcels to 3 different locations. In our previous projects, some teachers sent their cards digitally for lack of budget. Please don’t get me wrong but it kind of forfeits the purpose of this project which is to “create and send physical cards to partner schools”.

WHEN IS THE TARGET DATE FOR SENDING THE CARDS?

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

WHAT OTHER POSSIBLE CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES CAN WE DO WITH THIS PROJECT?

The following activities are optional. Teachers should talk in their groups what extra activities they want to do, or other goals they want to achieve.

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 such as Edmodo or Schoology; and ask questions about their new friends in the partner schools.

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.
HOW CAN WE JOIN THE PROJECT?

You should register on or before October 15, 2017  by filling out this form.

SUMMARY
  • Registration (ends October 15, 2017)
  • Receive contact details and info of partner schools by October 20, 2017 (I need at least a week to sort things out).
  • Collaborate. Talk with your group. Send each other emails right away. Say hi! Plan extra activities. The success of the project is communication.
  • Inform students about the project and partner countries.
  • Make the cards.
  • Prepare and send PowerPoint presentation; communicate online with peers (if your group decide to do these).
  • Send the handmade cards to your partner schools by post.
  • Receive Christmas Cards from partner schools.
  • Show/discuss cards with students.
  • Make exhibition at your school
Disclaimer:
  • I am just a facilitator of this project. I will be in one or two groups only as I only have 2 classes which can only make so many cards.
  • Once you received your group details, I will be out of the equation. I can still offer support though. I might also send follow up emails to check how’s the project going in your group.
  • I will try my best to make sure that all participating teachers are reliable and team players. However, if they go M.I.A (meaning they don’t reply to your emails), I hope you won’t lay that on me.

If you have further questions, you can reach me via Twitter or Facebook.

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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.

32 thoughts on “Christmas Card Exchange Project Year 2”

  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!

  11. I teach Health Science to 45 students ages 15-18 in Laurens SC. We would love to participate in the Christmas card exchange and look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,
    Debra Palmer

  12. Hello from Elkview, WV, USA. I have 73 students on my middle school Panther team that are excited to participate! This will be our first year in the Christmas Card Exchange. We will be using this as a cross cirricular project by involving English, social studies and math. We can’t wait to get started.

  13. Hey Melchor, let me just say that my students were excited to create the power points and the cards. They were the same age as the students who sent the cards to them but enjoyed learning about other cultures! I would be happy to participate again and thanks for the timeline.

    Glenda

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