School Partnership Project Templates School Partnership Project Template 1: From our window (7-11 or mixed ages) Summary The view from the window is a gentle way to explore similarities and differences between schools. It is a good introductory activity. Different media can turn this into a very interesting project. First activity Take a photo from your classroom window and put descriptive labels on to some of the things you can see. Paint a picture to represent the colours and moods. Imagine the scene at a different time of year. Class teams could take these different approaches. Discuss with the class the local to global… what is in the school grounds, the locality of the school, and what is global – the air, birds, the clouds. Take a photo of each team looking out of the window; it's a lovely way to introduce the class and show the school buildings more imaginatively. Exchange work Send by post, fax, or via email examples of the work you have done in class, and wait to receive theirs. Ask your students about what they're expecting to see – the weather, the school buildings, clothes, trees. This helps them to focus when they do see the views. Share responses Try to set responses in the local to global framework. Extension Create a display; hold an assembly. activities Useful resources Examples and ideas: www.woodlands- junior.kent.sch.uk/website/projects.htm Display and share the pictures using www.elanguages.org - put up galleries of photos of your class in privacy (free). School Partnership Project Template 2: Fiesta! - good for 7-11 or mixed ages Summary Choose two dates during the year to exchange festivals. They don't need to be the biggest festivals – don't forget pancake day, Mother's day and so on. One month beforehand, each school will prepare a special 'guide' to help their partner school to understand and celebrate an unfamiliar festival. Agree carefully with the partner school to avoid religious practices being shared inappropriately and focus on customs, games, food, dress etc. First activity Prepare a 'pack' that includes carefully written instructions, history, labelled diagrams, photos and recipes. This is ideal for team working. Send off your pack in good time and keep copies. Exchange Photograph the pack arriving and being opened. Keep a diary of preparations for the festival day and record what you do with photos and video if possible. Send photos by SMS or email to your partner school. Share Create a display board or scrapbook showing your pack and the pictures from the partner school. Repeat the exercise in the other direction at a later date in the year! Extension Invite other schools, parents or local community activities to your 'festival'. Useful resources www.assemblies.org.uk is useful for all age groups and includes background and texts. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion lists major festivals of world religions. www.ourworldfestivals.com explains more about English festival traditions and also has a multicultural strand and events. www.elanguages.org/48765 - example of a Fiesta project. School Partnership Project Template 3: A day in the life (for 7-11 or mixed ages) Summary Students produce and present a PowerPoint presentation, scrapbook, cartoon or video montage of a typical day in the life of one or more of the students. These are more interesting (and entertaining) when pupils show their school as they really experience it, rather than as their teachers would like it to be! First Different teams can think about different aspects of activity school and home life, such as gender differences and stereotypes, games, study, family and so on. Team members can take on roles such as actor, script, director, artist, camera and so on. Upload presentations to a shared webspace, or send them by memory stick or in the post (keep copies!) Exchange Examine and respond to the work your partner school has sent. You could find similarities and differences with your own project, or relate their daily activities to family, culture, food, education and so on. Share Take part in a shared feedback session by video conference, message board or live online discussion. Extension Repeat the exercise for a 'guest' from your partner activities school – this could be a travel buddy from a younger class group and is a great way to involve younger children in the participating schools. Using the presentations received from your partner school, prepare instructions to help visitors to your partner school so they know what to expect and how to behave! Useful www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWXTXGeqbWI resources gives a 6min tutorial on using the online mapping tool. www.fiankoma.org/archive/schooldislikes.htm shows cultural dialogue between UK and Ghana. www.woodlands- junior.kent.sch.uk/schday/Start.html for a day at a primary school in the UK with a worksheet. International Reply Coupons – available from post offices in the UK to pay for the postal cost of sending return packages. School Partnership Project Template 4: Culture in a box - good for 7-11 or mixed ages Summary Schools will exchange by parcel post the 'culture boxes' containing ten items. By choosing the items to put in, they will learn about 'how others see us'. By explaining their choices they will try to tell their partner school 'how we see ourselves'. First activity Choose team(s) in each school that will find 10 items that represent their country. They will collect these and send parcels to their partner schools (for expensive items, use cut-out pictures; or for large monuments use a photo or a model). Exchange work Students decide how to stir up interest and intrigue in their partner schools. They could create a quiz to see if the items can be guessed before they arrive. Or they could create PowerPoints about stereotypes. Or perhaps some helpful 'Do's and Don'ts' – what to say and how to act when you see or use or eat the item! Useful references such as maps, websites. Share responses Photograph the box arriving and being opened. Were the guesses correct? Do the students know how to treat the objects? What did they expect and what was a surprise? (Use live discussion, an online forum, send postcards and cartoons) Extension Writing an essay: the most surprising activities item Creating a presentation about the partner country(ies) Role play video clips set in the partner country Useful resources Ideas list: symbol, food item, famous building, coin or stamp, clothing, famous painting, piece of music, transport, anthem, saying, handcraft, figurine… Video: www.teachers.tv/video/29269 School Partnership Project Template 5: Eating is believing (all ages; good for mixed ages) Summary This project allows students to share views and question opinions about food in a global context over two or more exchanges, ending with a recipe and some cooking. First activity Choose a fruit or vegetable native to your country. Take a photo or draw a picture of the answer and hide it in an envelope or in a special email ready for when you reply. Think of five questions that could help someone to guess it (taste and texture, colour, how it's prepared…) and send the questions to your partner school(s). Exchange Choose a recipe from your country that uses this ingredient. Send your partner school a recipe with simple instructions so they can follow it. Try to make it sound delicious and explain why people like it and when they would like to eat it. Check that it is healthy by looking for fibre, vitamins, protein, sugar, salt and fat and thinking about high and low content. You could do this in teams (one to do the recipe, one the information, one the description, one the health check. 1. Ingredients - make sure you find out if these things can be bought in your partners' countries or that you include an alternative ingredient if it cannot. 2. Instructions on how to prepare the dish and how to cook it if it needs cooking. 3. Some pictures of the finished product - please try to take these yourself and not copy them from the internet - it's much more interesting to see the real thing made by you! Share The partner school can evaluate the recipe presentations, and maybe they will try to cook the dish for themselves! Extension Look at the project template, Farming, food activities production and fair trade. Useful resources www.foodafactoflife.org.uk can help with recipes and 'how to'. www.elanguages.org/45969 - an example of a recipe exchange. School Partnership Project Template 7: Rivers (7-11 or mixed ages) Summary This template can be used (optionally) with the Rivers eLanguages project at www.elanguages.org/47080. Using photos, drawings and maps, the students represent the rivers in their country – a local river and the most famous river! First activity Investigating and preparing resources on a local river. This could include testing for water purity, spotting plant and wildlife, and investigating the history of the river (was it used for industry, leisure, transport… how is it used today). Another team or class can make a presentation of the most famous river in your country. What is famous about it. What might your partner school not know about it? Will they guess the name? Exchange Find all the rivers on a map. Try to measure the length of the river and find statistics such as how much water the river carries. Write down what you liked about your partner school's work. What did you learn? Share Take part in a shared feedback session by video conference, message board or live online discussion. The groups could suggest some themes for this discussion in advance. Extension Find some of the rivers mentioned by your partner school using activities Google Earth, an atlas or a text book. Or write poems. Listen to 'Old Man River' – what does it mean to you? Useful resources www.iptv.org/mississippi An online project you can use to create a resource about the Mississippi. www.eduweb.com/amazon.html An online project that will help you find out more about the Amazon. www.elanguages.org/47080 See the contributions from India, Turkey and Egypt – all are in PowerPoint form. rivers.thamesfestival.org A creative approach to a rivers project organised by the British Council as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme. Project template 8: Farming, food production and fair trade (11-14) Summary The aim is to compare what foods are available in your own and your partner school's country. Students identify which countries are consumers, and which countries are self-sufficient and look at the merits and disadvantages of interdependence. First activity Students collect a selection of raw food products, food product labels/packaging and favourite meals. The students discuss local sourcing, traditional foods, 'exotic' foods, national cuisines, international cuisine and so on. They consult websites or textbooks with information about organic food production, climate and watering requirements. Exchange While exchanging work, the students further research their partner country's climate, population etc and make predictions. They consider the effect of cash crops on the rural population and local environment. Share The students report back on how the responses supported or did not support the predictions they made, giving reasons. They could make presentations, display boards or topic folders. Extension Considering the 'trade justice' aspect of farming activities and food production, the options open to farmers and free trade versus fair trade. Useful These websites offer resources and also a food- resources miles calculator. www.organiclinker.com/food-miles.cfm www.fallsbrookcentre.ca/cgi-bin/calculate.pl (more advanced) The students could devise survey questions for their partner schools. www.worldmapper.org/textindex/text_food. html ranks the countries that export different food products. www.face-online.org.uk for a great set of 10 factsheets on agriculture, aquaculture (seafood), coffee, rice, cocoa and grain from Thailand, Ghana, the Gambia, Burkina Faso, India. Just click on Resources, Factsheets, Global Issues. www.globalgateway.org/fairtrade - ideas for your school link. www.fairtrade.org.uk/schools to become a Fairtrade school. www.rafi.ki for a facilitated Free vs Fair Trade linking project with lesson plans and resources (charge to UK schools). Project template 9: Do's and don'ts, rights and responsibilities (11-18) Summary Research into the law, discussion of the customs or moral codes, within your own school, or in your home orcountry. Setting questions for your partner schools. Joint discussion of the findings and global comparisons within and across cultures. Set questions Teams of students choose and composefive questions. The teachers need to discuss this beforehand. The questions could relate to school and its rules or the wider legal system – issues about family law such as divorce, inheritance;criminal law; the penalties for breaking the law. The question should take the form of first informing, then asking 'Our behaviour policy states that… What is the rule in your school?' or 'In this country, it is legal/illegal to… What is the law in your country?' Exchange or Students research and answer the questions for share each other. Students couldprepare presentations on a theme such as Punishmentversus correction?Laws – the work of society or religion?etc. Do the laws tend to support the moral views of older or younger people? Do the laws restrict human rights or protect human rights? Respond and The completed presentations could be put up in evaluate a shared student forum area, or printed out and put on a notice board. Ask the students to evaluate and comment on some of the presentations. Extension Select students from different countries to work activities together on a chosen theme. You might choose a Talented and Gifted group or a identify a group that questions rules and authority. Resources Young Citizen's Passport (UK) www.ycponline.co.uk (some is free, some pay-for) Think Quest competition for teams www.thinkquest.org/competition Tempates, forums, evaluation forms etc are ready for this project - Connecting Classrooms The Bishop's Candlesticks (from Les Miserables) used in India www.readeasily.com/victor- hugo/00143/001430090.php Project template 10: Travel guides – good for 7-11 or mixed ages Summary This template can be used (optionally) with Connecting Classrooms East Asia project forums. Using stories and memories (past and present) to describe local buildings such as churches, farms, shops, homes and factories and mapping skills to pinpoint and explain locations. Sharing timelines through urban development and population changes. Showcasing ICT and creative skills (imagining the future). First Investigating and preparing resources on local buildings activity – could be done in teams focusing on themes such as building materials; or by choosing one building per group. Include mini-interviews with people and photos of places in your locality. You could even put all your work together and index it to make a map and visitor guide to your locality. Pack it up (keep copies!) and send it to your partner school with questions that have arisen during your project. Exchange Examine and respond to the work your partner school has sent. You could find similarities and differences with your own project, or relate their work to a study of another aspect of their world region such as climate or culture. Prepare answers to their questions. Share Send or email your answers, or take part in a shared feedback session by video conference, message board or live online discussion. Extension Find some of the buildings mentioned by your partner activities school using Google Earth. Imagine how your towns will develop in the future and write poems or draw pictures. Useful www.irespect.net/stories/index.htm Could you resources find 'untold stories' like these ones from Gloucestershire? www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWXTXGeqbWI takes you from London to Syhlet on Google Earth and is a 6min tutorial on using the online mapping tool. www.plan-ed.org/learningcentre/ghana shows cultural dialogue between UK and Ghana.