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Clear Creek Cultural Correspondents

Clear Creek Elementary participated in the Fall pilot session of Cultural Correspondents in 2007. Successfully creating an example program at their school, the classrooms have decided to extend their participation into the Spring of 2008. By using existing Standard Course of Study Goals and Objectives, the teachers were able to design interactive, engaging lessons with their classroom's Cultural Correspondent. These lessons which reinforced goals and objectives the students were already learning in their classrooms included subjects such as learning about maps, communities, landforms, holidays and traditions. Lessons also provided additional practice and instruction in many writing, reading, and technology standards before, during, and after the initial sessions.

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Participants

Fall 2007
Mrs. Holloway's and Mrs. McCrary's Second Graders and NCSU New Zealand Study Abroad Student Joe Morrow
Mrs. Bailey's Second Graders and NCSU Ecuador Study Abroad Student Brian Ingram

Spring 2008
Mrs. Holloway's and Mrs. McCrary's Second Graders and NCSU Japan Study Abroad Student Nidhi Sharma
Mrs. Bailey's Second Graders and NCSU Ecuador Study Abroad Student Brian Ingram

Fall 2008
Mrs. Holloway's and Mrs. McCrary's Second Graders and NCSU Italy Study Abroad Student Christina Scarano
Mrs. Bailey's Second Graders and NCSU Ecuador Study Abroad Student Theresa Crowgey

Spring 2009
Mrs. Holloway's and Mrs. McCrary's Second Graders and NCSU Finland Study Abroad Student Doug Mehlenbacher
Mrs. Bailey's Second Graders and NCSU Ecuador Study Abroad Student Walker Moseley

What are the students learning?


In the program design, upon return to the States from their study abroad country, Cultural Correspondents visit the classroom's they have been corresponding with all semester. Mrs. Holloway and Mrs. McCrary's classrooms got a surprise visit from their Correspondent Joe as he traveled to join them for their Author's Celebration circle in which they were reading stories recalling all of the information they had learned over the past months. Students practiced reading them out loud to Joe as well as articulating questions to ask him about his journey. Below are some quotes taken from the students stories.


"I remember the time when we first met. I remember when you told us about the kiwi, plants, volcanos, thermal pools, sheep, Christmas in summer, the kiwi burger, police cars, rivers, and mountains."

"We would like to say thank you! We remember main street and the beach. We remember McDonalds and the kiwi burger. We also remember the toxic pools and that volcanoes can have snow on them! We also remember the kiwi bird. The first time we met you was in September."

"What wonderful times we had together. I think it is so cool that you have thousands of sheep there. In the country that we drew you in, we drew you in a thermal pool. I hope you are doing just great. It is strange that the police cars are different colors and that the emergency number is 111. It is strange that the kiwi bird is also the name of a fruit! It is great talking to you."

What does it look like?


Second Grade and New Zealand

First Session: Introduction and Maps!

Second Grade and New Zealand

Second Session:
Our Communities!