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Each child gets 2 states (you divide up the 50- err on the side of sending out too many rather than too few) Each child writes a letter to the host- I am participating in the Great Mail Race. Would you please give me this information about your state and region - include a short survey of topics you'd like them to give you information about. Include a SASE.
Each person addresses his/her envelope to a state by writing
Public Elementary School
City, State, Zip
Attention: 4th Grade Teacher
Don't forget your return address. On the back I had them write "Please help me with the GREAT MAIL RACE!"
I sent these out at the beginning of the year.
Put up a map of the US. Have graphs for temperatures, population, and other information you are covering. Let the kids do the bulletin board!
Remig the kids to send a thank you and maybe a class pic to the person who sent their info back- this will sometimes get you ANOTHER LETTER!
I found that this also made writing relevant to the kids. They were excited to write and recieve mail!
If you can participate in this project with another class in your school it makes it a true race....if not, do like we did. Our race was to see if we could hear back from all 50 states by the end of the school year-----WE DID!
btw- like I said err on the side of sending out too many. I did have to mail out more letters because we didn't hear from some states so I went digging for certain teachers to send them to and sent them to a specicific teacher in those states. However, most were accepted the way we sent them out at first!
I found this link: http://www.lakeorion.k12.mi.us/sims/media%20links/greatmailrace.html
this was not around when I did it. We looked up cities and states in the almanac. This could make it easier!
Oh golly- there are tons of them now!
This is a questionaire:
This outlines the directions for the students and gives another survey:
This is a lesson plan for the GREAT MAIL RACE
There you have it!
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