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Are your students interested in learning about life in China? Would you like to match them up with Chinese ePals for an email exchange? We can help!

We're looking for partners for an exciting cultural collaboration with 4/5th and 7/8th grade classrooms in Shenyang, China. The objectives of this exchange are to deepen students’ understanding of their own culture and to learn about the Chinese culture. Below you will find a more detailed description of the objectives and standards met through this cultural collaboration. The focus is the definition of culture, food, art, music, historical places, sports, hobbies and innovation. 

The cultural exchange is based upon two-week modules. During each program module, your class is asked to exchange a class email and a class-created PowerPoint or video addressing the cultural focus of the module.  There is also an opportunity for two SKYPE sessions between you and your partner class in China.

ePals will provide the lessons plans to guide you through the culture exploration exchange. We have assistants to help you with the program and to answer any questions that may arise.  You can view a sample lesson plan here.

The Chinese classrooms are set to collaborate from September to January. We realize that, because of each school’s unique schedule, it may difficult to commit to the duration of the cultural program.  It is possible to sign up for this exciting program for the first or second half of the year. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this short form (link to Survey Gizmo) to let us know a little about your class and how long you are willing to commit.  

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Objectives and Standards

Objectives:

Students will be able to:
1. Define culture and cultural artifacts

2. Understand how their country’s culture is reflected within their own lives.

3. Deepen their own understanding of culture

4.  Make connections and comparisons between their own culture and cultures of ePals.

5. Compose well-written emails, forum posts, etc.

6. Collaborate to produce power points or videos that show specific aspects of their culture

7. Practice the important 21st century skills of collaboration, communication and critical thinking.
8. Build relationships with students in China and other regions of the world.

Essential Questions:
1. What is culture?
2. What cultural artifacts represent my culture? 
3. How is my culture the same or different from my NeuPals’/ePals’ culture?

Common Core Standards
Reading: 1, 2, 7
Writing: 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10
Speaking and Listening: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Language: 1, 2