Letter 7: Do you really know each other?

When there is paint on my teacher's chair...I'll warn him


This letter is a test to see how well the children know each other.  

It is the kind of list of questions you might find in magazines in which readers are asked to fill in their personal preferences and reactions to certain situations.  

In this quiz the students are asked to give not only their personal opinions, but to guess what their partner's answers will be as well. They will only have to copy the underlined words from the questions.  

Again, point out that they should not forget to include their personal news and reactions to the letter that was received last.

Both sides should mail their letters at the same time. Otherwise, one of the two will already have the answers and will not be able to make his or her guesses. If you receive the letters before your students have finished them, do not hand them out.  

When you have received all the answers, you can write down the number of correct guesses of each pupil. This will show how well everyone knows his/her partner.

Only answering these questions will not be enough. Encourage the students to write a long letter without the help of any bricks. Explain that they have had so much practice by now, that they should not have too many difficulties with this.  

The answers to the quiz will have to be put at the end of the letter.

After receiving  the letters students collect all the answers (both their partners' and theirs) to the quiz .

The answers will be used to build bar charts with all or just a selection of the questions  from the quiz.. Remember that beforehand you have to discuss these ideas with your partners and decide which questions to use. You can choose the ones considered to better represent the students, their ways of thinking and acting. Each class will work with half of the chosen questions.

To build the bar charts students can use different colours to represent the different countries.  This will give an idea of the differences and similarities between the two classes as far as each question is concerned..

These bar charts can then be introduced in webpages and /or used for an exhibition held at school where these products together with other outputs from previous and following letters can be shown to all the school community.

Here is an example of the 1st question of the quiz where the three countries are represented in different colours giving thus a clear idea of how the students reacted to the same question.




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