Sparking Student Motivation: PEN PALS!! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Sparking Student Motivation: PEN PALS!!

Yippee!!! It's SATURDAY! Today, that means sleeping in (check!), fall weather (check!), football (just a few hours away), and of course, my BBB Joanne's linky party!

I am just as excited about what I'm sharing with you today as my kids!!! My teammate and BBBIRL (Best Bloggy Buddy In Real Life) Gary's (AKA Scrappy Guy) and my class are pen pals with Holly's classes (from Fourth Grade Flipper)!!! We wrote our first letters this week! Gary added the awesome Atlanta book and the fact cards about our city, Lawrenceville.

When I originally told my kids the news, there was not one student who didn't gasp, cheer, or clap! They were soooooo excited. We talked about how our pen pal would become our friend this year, and we needed to make sure we told them all the important, fun things about ourselves that would make someone WANT to be our friend! I think they really did a good job! There were a few kids I had to discourage from putting their phone number and home address. LOL

If you are wanting pen pals, blogging is the BEST way to get to know people from all over the country (and world!). When Holly first blogged about pen pals, there were some others looking for pen pals, too! They left their info in the comments on Holly's Pen Pal Post. If you are interested, go check it out, and add your info there if you want! I promise your kids will have a BLAST with it!

Now, a little motivator for YOU- a giveaway! Check out Life In Middle School's 2 Year Blogging Anniversary for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend! :o)


  1. Whee! Thanks Holly for such an authentic audience to write to. I really appreciate this opportunity. Can't wait for the first reply!

  2. I still remember my pen pal from when I was in 4th grade. She lived in England. (Which made me very giddy because I was in love with Duran Duran and thought everyone from England knew them!)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. Love having pen pals! I found pen pals for my class through blogging and Twitter. It is such a great experience for the students.


    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  4. I love the pen pal idea! They must LOVE it!

    Do you live in Lawrenceville, GA? Can you tell me all about it? We are moving to GA in February and have to live either in Lawrenceville or near it. I would love to hear what you think about it.

  5. Pen pals are a great way to motivate students to write their very best! I am sure you guys will have a great time being pals with Holly and her students!

  6. This is just a cool idea. Gary is right when he says authentic audience--so much more beneficial.

    I can remember in school we wrote to soldiers that were overseas (I think it was duringthe Gulf War). I still have then letter of that he wrote back to me.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  7. Awww...I'm so glad that you guys were able to pair up with Holly for Pen Pals this year. I can't wait to read more about what all three of your classes are doing with this. Wonderful!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. Awesome! Pen pals are such a motivating way to get kids to write and as a bonus, you have Holly's class! Is the plan to write once a month? If you thought your students were excited to write the letters, wait until Holly's students receive the letters! You're going to hear some squealing all the way from New York! heehee
    Thanks for sharing and linking up BBB!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  9. Joanne is right!!! My students are going to be SO excited!! They have NO idea what's coming! I love how the letter on top has "Georgia" written all over it. :) YAY!!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. So fun!! I've thought about finding pen pals for my kids, but I have such a wide age range and my students are in and out of my room throughout the year. Not sure it would be an ideal situation.

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
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  11. i like have been penpals always , its so exciting


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