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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Need Class Pen Pals? Leave a Comment!

UPDATE:  I posted the information below requesting a pen pal and within no time I had several emails.  I went with the first response from an urban area since my students live in rural NY.  I am excited to have pen pals from Indianapolis next year!

However, I was thinking that maybe other people would like to hook up with someone in the blogging world instead of a "pen pal" site.  I don't know about you, but I feel like fellow bloggers are friends already!  So, if you are looking for a pen pal, post a comment below stating:

  • your grade
  • state
  • rural/urban/suburban
  • number of students 

Provide a link to your blog or email address for someone to contact you.  Look around at the other comments and see if someone looks like a good fit and contact them!  If you find a match, just come back and delete your comment so other bloggers don't keep contacting you.

Help spread the word by copying and posting this on your blog:

Are you looking for class pen pals and are frustrated with trying to find one using websites?  Try your blogging friends!  Just post a comment on the post, "Need Class Pen Pals?" or browse the comments to find your match on Fourth Grade Flipper's blog @  http://fourthgradeflipper.blogspot.com/2012/07/anyone-need-4th-grade-pen-pals-please.html

(You can make a link to the website address with the picture and delete the address if you want.  I wasn't sure my link would transfer when you copy and paste it.)

This was my Original Post Requesting a Pen Pal:
Since I entered this blogging world a few weeks ago, I have "met" so many wonderful teachers!!  My students had 4th grade pen pals last year from CA and, sadly, the teacher is moving to a new position.  So............I have to find new pen pals!  I was lucky last year and found someone reliable by November and we were able to exchange letters three times each before the end of the year.  However, the year before that, I had so many leads from that pen pal website and they all fell through until March when we were only able to exchange once!  I think there are a lot of scammers out there.

My students LOVED writing their pen pal letters and receiving them.  After recently reading "The Book Whisperer" I am even more convinced that this is a great opportunity for students to practice their writing.  It is true...........the students actually LIKED writing their letters and never complained!

If you are a 4th grade teacher and need pen pals, please contact me!  I will have 22-24 ELA students next year.  Preferably, it would be nice to have pen pals from an urban area, southern state, or western state since I am in a small, rural town in New York State.  It is fun to have students with quite different backgrounds.  You can send me an email at lillycharlie2915@gmail.com if you are interested or leave me your email in the comments.  I will update this post when (and IF) I find a pen pal match!!  UPDATE:  I found one!  Thank you!!  Look at the comments below for a possibility for your class pen pals!

Check out The Teacher Idea Factory's Pen Pal Pair Up!!  Comment by August 12th and she will match you up with a pen pal!

Thank you!!


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  2. Looks like Ashley is interested but if for any reason it doesn't work out I would be willing to do it. I teach in a suburb a little north of Atlanta, Georgia.

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  3. Hello everyone! I'm a fourth grade teacher in a suburban town in Northern California. I will have between 28-32 kiddos this year. My students would love to learn about others from a different state. If you are interested, please email me at kingdomfirst4@gmail.com. Thanks and I look forward to your response!
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  4. I'm a 4th grade teacher from what I would consider a rural town in Southwest Missouri. Although we are very near to a rather large tourist area. As of now I have 18 kids next year but it could be anywhere from 18-22 once things get rolling. We have kids that move in out and out of the district frequently. If interested, please contact me via my blog!

    Ashley @ Fierce in Fourth

  5. Hi,

    I'm Lauren and I teach 4th grade in an urban district in Nashville, TN and would love for my 4th graders to have pen pals! I am going to have about 18 kids next year so please feel free to contact me via email.


  6. Its my first year in 4th grade and I would love to have a pen pal class. I am in a urban area in Orlando, Fl. I will have between 18-22 students this year. If anyone would like to be my classes pal email me at msdivastatus305@gmail.com

  7. I love your cute blog! I will definitely be following! I am a 3rd grade teacher in Mooresville, NC - a suburb of Charlotte. I will have 20-21 students this year. I would love a pen pal: angiemorrison@windstream.net

    Come check me out - I am having a giveaway!

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  8. SOrry for the delayed response . . . I have been out of town. I will definitely take a look-see at the above comments and add 'em to my list if they haven't already! Thanks for the 411 on this and the shout out :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  9. Hi There! I'm a fourth grade teacher in suburban Camas, Washington. I will have around 26-30 students this year and would love to find pen pals. jlinto@aol.com

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  12. Hi, I am a fourth grade teacher in a small, rural school in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina. I will have two groups of students. One class has 24 students and the other has 25. I would love for my students to have pen pals this year.

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