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You've Got (e)-Mail!


Subject: Social Studies, Language Arts, Educational Technology
Grade: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Brief Description

Students email students their own age to share information about their lives and their country.


Using e-mail, students share historic, cultural, economic, and government information about the area in which they live, and receive similar information from e-pals in another country.


email, keypals, penpals

Materials Needed


Computer with Internet access and an e-mail account

Lesson Plan

Students email their keypals (pre-writing the email in paragraph form) providing the following information:


  1. Introduction
  2. Personal (maybe picture)
    1. Name
    2. Age
    3. Male or female
    4. Siblings
    5. Parents occupations
    6. Pets
    7. Hobbies
    8. Favorite subject
    9. History of heir city or town (population, location, industries)
    10. History of the school they attend
  3. Government
    1. State and United States history and information
    2. Populations
    3. Federal government branches and how they work
    4. Flag (picture if available)
    5. Motto
    6. State flower, flag, bird (picture if available)
    7. Political parties/voting
  4. Currency
    1. Break down of the monetary system, paper and coin
    2. List of 10 items that children buy weekly and the average cost of each
    3. Picture of currency, if available
  5. Typical School Day
    1. Usual hours
    2. School year/calendar
    3. Lunch menu
    4. Extra activities
    5. Transportation
  6. Culture/Holiday
    1. Dates of national holidays
    2. Meaning of each holiday
    3. How families celebrate the holidays


Students will be graded on penmanship, grammar, writing, and content.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted by: Cheryl Sexstella-Wright, ([email protected]) Lyme Elementary School, Bellevue, Ohio