I found a great project on iEarn. It is called the Teddy Bear Project which is an international teddy bear exchange. I love the idea!
This would connect to my class perfectly, since it is similar to our Flat Stanley project but this time it would be a whole class effort. Each student recently mailed their Flat Stanley to a friend or relative. One of our Flat Stanley's traveled as far as Japan! We will soon receive letters back from the participants.
For the Teddy Bear Project, my class would purchase a teddy bear (or other stuffed animal) and we would make it represent Texas. We just might need to get a longhorn stuffed animal (Hook 'Em!). Then, we would mail the stuffed animal to another class located in another country. The objective would for students to apply their knowledge of letter writing by writing letters (sent through a class email) to describe their interactions with the other class' teddy bear. They also would get to learn about/understand another culture as they see and read about our stuffed animals weekly interactions at its new school. We would utilize digital photographs which can be taken easily with a camera, iphone or ipod touch and then send through email along with the weekly letter. We could even create a blog specifically for the project for the other class to view. Also, we could use tools like Animoto to show our photos. Before the project would begin there would be a informational letter sent home to parents along with a permission slip to participate. I have registered and am waiting for account approval through iEarn before the project can be scheduled and created.