ePals Projects for Classroom Collaboration

Welcome to the ePals Projects Page! We hope you find a project that interests you. The topics are standards-based and of global interest. Each project is designed to be used as is or customized to your classroom?s needs. An easy way to find a classroom with which to partner is to check the ?Connect with Classrooms? forum on the project index page for posts by interested classrooms. Alternatively, search the ?Connect with Another Classroom? search box on ePals? home page. Also search the ?Ongoing Projects? and ?ePals Wanted? forums. Once finding a classroom with which to do the Project, we recommend that the two teachers clarify some logistical issues before you start. More...
ePals Projects
Project Topic Essential Questions Overview Community
Holidays?and Festivals
Around the World
Digital Storytelling Project
People and Culture
  1. Why do people celebrate?
  2. What special traditions and rituals surround holidays and festivals?
  3. What holidays and festivals are important parts of your culture?
  4. What holidays and festivals are important in other cultures?
  5. What do celebrations around the world have in common?
  6. What is a symbol? How are symbols used in celebrations and holidays?
How are special days celebrated throughout the world? Every culture has its own special traditions and reasons for celebrating and in this project, students will learn how holidays and festivals are celebrated all over the globe. Students will explore celebrations, traditions and symbols related to a holiday or festival from their home country and then investigate those from another part of the world. In a culminating activity, students will share their information and create a symbolic representation of their researched holiday from across the globe.

Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling Project
Culture and Literacy
  1. What is digital storytelling?
  2. What are the elements of a good story?
  3. Why do people tell stories?
  4. How is my personal story the same or different from others?
In this unit, students will learn about the age-old practice of storytelling and use 21st century tools to create their own digital story. Students will explore digital storytelling as a way to tell a story, promote cross-cultural understanding and build meaningful connections with others. Students will participate in an email exchange to discuss the process. They will 1) develop a story topic 2) write their story 3) create or find appropriate images to support their story and 4) share their story and reflect on their work.

The Way We Are
En Espa?ol
The Way We Are Project
Photograph by Gordon Wiltsie
People and Culture
  1. How am I similar and different from my ePal?
  2. How do the physical and climate differences in my ePal?s region affect my ePal?s life?
  3. What affect does the culture in my ePal?s region have on my ePal?s life?
What makes me who I am? In this project, students will engage in a collaborative learning experience. Through email exchanges, students learn about the daily lives, cultures, climates and geography of children who live in other regions of the world.

Global Warming
En Espa?ol
Global Warming Project
Photograph by Paul Nicklen
The Planet is Heating Up!
  1. What is global warming?
  2. How do human activities?affect global warming?
  3. How does global warming impact the planet?
  4. Why are there two camps of thought on global warming (humans speeding it up vs. global warming as a natural process)?
  5. How can people slow the rate of global warming?
How can we help to save our planet from global warming? In this project, students learn about the effects of global warming and ways to reduce its effects on our planet.? Through email exchanges, students collaborate on ways kids around the globe can make a difference.?

En Espa?ol
Habitats Project
Photograph by Medford Taylor
Habitats and the Plants and Animals that live within
  1. How do different habitats affect human, plant and animal life?
  2. Why are there different types of habitats?

If a camel lived in a rainforest, would it still have a hump? In this project, students research habitats, and the animal and plant life within. Students will learn about? threats to habitat life, as well as unique qualities of each habitat. Email exchanges help students?identify? differences and similarities between their own habitat and that of their ePals.

En Espa?ol
Maps Project
Why in the world do we need different types of maps?
  1. Why do we need different kinds of maps?
  2. How do different types of maps help us understand different people and places?

Why in the world would you need more than one map of the same location? In this project, students will learn to use three different types of maps (physical, climate, political) to gather information about where their ePals live. Students will participate in email exchanges focusing on how geographic location impacts their ePals' daily lives.

Natural Disasters
En Espa?ol
Natural Disasters Project
Photograph by Priit Vesilind

A Worldwide Look at Natural Disasters

  1. What are natural disasters?
  2. What combinations of factors cause different kinds natural disasters?
What do you do when the news warns of a big storm? In this project, students learn about the natural disasters of the world.? Through email exchanges, students will learn about natural disasters, where and under what conditions they are most likely to occur,?particularly?those natural disasters common in their ePals' location.

Water Project
Photograph by Rich Reid

Water, water Everywhere, or Is It? Our World's Fresh?Water


  1. What is water?
  2. What is the water cycle?
  3. Why is water important?
  4. What problems does the world face with its water supply?

When is water good to drink?? In this project, students will research the world's water problems, particularly fresh water, focusing on how their personal water use affects aquatic ecosystems in their? communities.?Students will participate in email exchanges, exploring the global importance of water,?especially in their ePals' location.

Weather Project
Photograph by Otis Imboden

Forecasting the Future: How Weather Works


  1. What conditions create weather?
  2. What factors make the weather change?
  3. In what ways does weather?affect our lives?
  4. What methods should?we use for predicting the weather?

How is a good weather forecast made? In this unit, students will become meteorologists as they explore the conditions that make up weather. Through an ongoing email exchange, students will share weather related information about their own location while learning about the weather in their ePals location.

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