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Snowman Exchange

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Snowman Exchange Project!

 When: December 1, 2014-January 30, 2014 

Grades: PreK-5

Registration Deadline: November 21, 2015  

Cost:  FREE!


Join other classrooms for a Snowman Exchange via VideoconferenceStudents practice descriptive writing, geometry, teamwork, following directions, and presentation skills.



Kansas Schools Register HERE: Snowman Exchange Registration

Out of Kansas schools need to register through CapSpace Collaborations. 


Follow the steps below and have fun!


Step 1: Registration

When you register (click on link above), it is VERY important that you include the dates/times that you will be available during December to have your connection. (*Make sure to include specific dates/times, example: everyday 1:00-3:00; or 12/10, 12/12, and 12/18 at 10:30-11:30.) 


Step 2: Confirm Date/Time

You will receive your partner information by November 25th with the date/time of your connection. It is very important that you communicate with your partner teacher as soon as possbile to ensure you have a quality project and connection! Confirm the date/time with your partner. If this changes, make sure to contact Audra with the new details.


Step 3: Plan with Partner

Once you have the partner's information, contact them to decide how you would like to do the project. Typically, each class will create one group snowman with directions. But if you would like to have each student create a snowman for the exchange you will need to confirm with your partner. Creating multiple snowmen will use more class time, or you could have it assigned as homework to do with their family.


Step 4: Create!

It's time to create your snowman! Be Creative! Please use items that are found in the Approved Materials List - Exchange Materials.  Create an original snowman or invent your own! **Please avoid using materials that your partner will not be able to easily access or computer programs. If you decided to do one class snowman, then you will work with your class as a group to create the snowman. Or if you decided to create a class set of snowmen, then each student will create their own snowman.


Step 5: Write Directions

Write the directions to your snowman. If each student created a snowman, then they will each write their own directions. Or if there is one class snowman, then the class may write the directions as a group.


Step 6: Email Directions

Once you have your snowman complete with directions, email the directions to your partner teacher. Please carbon copy Audra May on this email. Also, use a program that most schools would have available: Word (save as doc 98-2003), pdf, or type directions directly into email. Your partner teacher will also email you their directions.   


Step 7: Create 2nd Snowman

After you receive your partner's directions by email, get started creating a snowman monster based on their directions. You may have decided to create just one or a class set.


Step 8: Connect with Partner

Now you have created 2 separate snowmen (or 2 class sets) and you have received a connection date/time. It's time to connect with your partner and share what you have created! Prior to the connection, decide with your partner which class will share first or what format you would like to do during the connection. Most students like to get to know their partner class first. You could begin by a 5 minutes presentation about your school, where you are located, and what makes your community unique. You can include interesting things like regional weather, school lunch, favorites (class book, activities, etc...).


Step 9: Have Fun!

Do your snowmen look the same or different? Were your directions as detailed as you thought?? Did they turn out silly? Here is a Guideline Sheet (Click on the DOWNLOAD button at the top right) that you can use to help you during the connection. Keep in mind during the project that creating an exact replica is not the point (especially the younger grade levels). Have fun with how classes may have deciphered your instructions differently than you intended. Be able to laugh at mistakes and have a huge imagination!  Make sure to take pictures of your class and their snowmen. I would love to share what you have done! Email pictures to Audra to see them posted on the website!


Collaborating Videoconference Etiquette & Tips 


This project is a form of the Monster Mayhem project created by Roxanne Glaser of Whirlidurb: http://www.whirlidurb.com/. Thank you Roxanne for your wonderful ideas and inspiration!



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