Well I wanted my students to feel that same feeling but since they are in fifth grade I wanted to switch it up a little, so we are doing a travel buddy instead of a class mascot. Some of you might already know what a travel buddy is but for those of you who do not here is a break down:
- Get a class buddy (stuffed animal) that represents your state, town, or school
- Place your buddy, a picture book that goes along with your buddy, a journal for writing their adventures, and a souvenir for the other class in some sort of bag
- Send all that goodness to a teacher in another state and they will send their buddy and goodies to you
- Your students will learn all about another state and writing through this project
Our class buddy is Topher the Turtle and we got him at SeaWorld along with Sea Turtles A-Z: Loggy, Greeny & Leather by Mara Uman Hixon. I really liked the book since it taught about the different sea turtles and how we can help save them and other sea creatures. Look how cute his little face is!
I will probably just use a green or yellow composition notebook for the journal. The first page will be a letter from Topher that explains to the students what they are supposed to do and how Topher likes to have his two favorite books read to him.
The bag I will be using is the large blue backpack from Lakeshore.
Now for the souvenir... I haven't decided what I want to add in. I was thinking some pencils or bookmarks from SeaWorld or Disney but I'm not totally in love with that idea. I want something really unique for them! I haven't decided if I want to give them something from Central Florida/Orlando specifically or just Florida in general and go the beach route. I'm going to have my class vote on which one but if you have any specific ideas for either I would love to hear them!
As you can tell I am ridiculously excited about this project and can't wait to get started! Has anyone else ever done a Travel Buddy or something similar? If you have any advice, please share! Any advice would be greatly appreciated :o)