Ideas for Creating Welcome Packs
Students and teachers often enjoy the discussion of how
to represent themselves with items that can fit in a postal envelope.
Students in California decided to send pictures of their dads surfing
rather than themselves. They said that this would show others that surfing
is a life-long affair and not just a teenage pastime. Students in Mexico
created a collage of candy wrappers of their favorite "sweets." From Japan
came train schedules and a map of Disneyland with unfamiliar Japanese
characters. Students in Alaska sent photos of students traveling to school
on a Ski-doo in the dark. Maple syrup is often sent from New England states
and a West Virginia school always includes a lump of coal. Australian
students sent instructions on the design and construction of "dugout"
homes below ground level to escape desert heat near the opal mines. Hawaiian
students sent "pogs" for a simple game that began as a craze in Hawaii
and, over a period of years, has spread across the world.
Deciding what to send can be as much fun as trying to make
sense of the clues that students receive from their partners!
Here are some ideas for what you might decided to include:
Places to look for materials:
Often these places will be happy to provide students with
materials to send their partner schools.
Remind your students that they will be sending a package
to each of their partners so that whenever possible they should
collect materials in sets of 10. When you take photographs, it is cheaper
and faster to take 5 copies of the same picture and order double prints
then it is to take single pictures and then wait for reprints to be made.
2: Opening the Circle
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