Today we had another videoconference with a class in Wales, UK. This collaboration is a result of the Jazz workshop and is a spin-off of the Monster Match format. Both classes created teddy bears, wrote descriptions, and emailed them to the partner classes. Then they made each other’s teddy bears. Today’s videoconference was to see how well they matched. The students in this videoconference were preschool 5/6 year olds.
Each child from both classes had brought a teddy bear from home to show on camera.
The classes enjoyed comparing the teddy bears and seeing what was the same and where they had challenges. We found out that students in Wales don’t use the term “curly cues” and weren’t sure how to draw that on the teddy bear they made to match ours.
The classes also spent some time asking each other questions, such as:
- Do you watch TV and what programs do you watch?
- What time is it there?
They also compared how their countries address chicken pox – in the UK several students were off because they had chicken pox. None of our students have had it since they had a shot for it.
Our partner class in the UK also showed us a teddy bear they made with recycled materials that will be the mascot for their Eco Committee.
The students in Wales also sang a song to our students in Welsh, along with fun actions to say goodbye.
This format is so easy and enjoyable for young students. They learn so much from the program – speaking and listening skills, as well as drawing, describing, comparing, and of course what children are like in another country.