Connecting Classrooms is a free program that connects classrooms in the U.S., Spain and France for a virtual exchange in which students share videos/media with their partner school.
For the Third Activity, your students will create a video showcasing their hometown or region for students at their partner school. At the end of the video, they will share what questions they have for students at their partner school about their hometown or regional culture.
Option 1: Hometown Tour
- If students from your partner school came to visit you, where would you take them? What would you like to show them?
- Where do you and your friends like to go to hang out on the weekend?
- Where do you go shopping for clothes?
- What are your favorite restaurants?
- What are the best parks/public spaces to hang out?
- Where can you go to play sports?
- Does your town/city have a main street, downtown, or popular neighborhood?
- Do you live near a library, fire station, or police station?
- Do you have any nature parks/wildlife?
Option 2: Regional Culture
- What is your city/region best known for?
- How do people greet each other in your area?
- What are some common sayings/colloquialisms from your city/region?
- What metropolitan cities do you live closest to?
- What is the most popular sport played in your city/region?
- Does your city/region have any professional sports teams?
- Are there any colleges or universities near you?
- Are there any stereotypes about people from your region? Do you think they are accurate?
- What kind of music do your people in your community listen to?
- Does your region have any famous tourist attractions/points of interest?
Option 3: Gastronomy
- What are the typical foods in your community/region?
- Name a typical dish from your region/area.
- Does your region grow any foods? (Fruits, vegetables, crops, etc.)
- What time do people in your region usually have dinner?
- Are there any typical sweets/desserts in your region?
- What is your favorite traditional dish?
- What are the most common supermarkets/stores in your town? Which one does your family usually go to?
- Do you have a lot of organic food options?
- Students can choose another city/region in their country.
- Students can Present information about their partner school’s town/region through online research or gathering information from their partner school directly.
Video Layout & Content
- Introduce yourself amd the purpose of the video, e.g., “Today we will tell you/show you…”
- Presentation & discussion of topic
- Ending – What questions do you have for your peers abroad and how can they ask you questions?
Video length: 3-4 minutes
Audience: Students at your partner school who are curious about daily school life and the education system in your country.
- Connecting Classrooms Activity Three Guide – English
- Connecting Classrooms Activity Three Guide – French
- Connecting Classrooms Activity Three Guide – Spanish
Cole shares about his daily routine and school schedule during the stay-at-home order.