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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
- 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!