Students in Kristi Naka’s Spanish classes at Plainville High School are connecting with peers across the globe through two unique hands on classroom projects.
Earlier this year, students in four of Naka’s classes began work on creating children’s books for preschool aged children in an impoverished, remote jungle area in Peru. Through a connection from a fellow Connecticut Spanish teacher, she became aware of the “school” in Peru, where the young students have very few materials or books for learning. The area in Peru is very remote; so the books were sent to the teacher’s house, as there was no mail delivery to where the children attend school.
The PHS students each created a colorful book in Spanish for the students in Peru. They incorporated vocabulary and other curriculum components that they were learning in class as they developed the books, which were all based on the theme of “what did you do over the summer vacation?” Eighty student-made books were shipped to Peru and received with much excitement by the young students. According to their teacher, for some of the students, it was the first book that they had ever received, gathering when the books arrived and reading them together in a circle.
The Plainville High School students continue their connections across the globe with pen pals in Spain. The pen pal project is an ongoing one where the Plainville students are paired with high school students in a school in Ponteareas, Spain. The first set of letters they sent were based on a set of inquiry questions written in Spanish to get to know the students in Spain, who responded in English.
-- Press Release
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