This download is a fantastic way to create a Service Learning Activity in your Band, Orchestra or Chorus course. Service Learning has to meet a need within your community. What better need to meet than supporting the growth and bond within your school's music community by having students reach out to one another and form friendships with students that attend different school's within your district? This is a great way to meet the need of maintaining support of your music programs by joining the music programs that exist between your district's buildings together!
If you 2 elementary schools in your district, have students in each Orchestra/Band/Chorus get a penpal in the other school! If you only one elementary school and one middle school/HS, assign an older student to be a pen-pal with a younger student to offer inspiring words of sticking with their instrument! Students can have pen-pals with the same instrument, or different instruments! For schools like mine, where our elementary schools meet up and become a single orchestra in Junior High, this is a great way for students to become friend's before playing together in the same orchestra a few years later. Support your music programs by bringing kids together through a common shared interest and love for the arts.
This document is editable, so you can write "Band" or "Chorus" instead of "Orchestra".
This download includes:
1. Single Page (1)- The Initial Sign-Up sheet that requires a parent's signature. You can make your own due date to collect this sheet back.
2. Four-Page Guidelines for Writing Your First Letter (2 pages) and Print-Outs for Students to Write their First Letters On (2 Pages)- The guidelines include questions that students can consider when writing the first letter. They write the first letter on the page included which looks like a notebook-page, with an opening and closing. Guidelines are also provided for the student who receives the first letter. They are given questions to help guide their first response, along with a page that looks like the letter they received (note-book style lined page, with an opening and closing).
Gives this a try! It sounds complicated, but it's not! Just print it, give to your kids, and assign them a pen-pal in another school! Work with your colleagues, or if you travel between schools like me, this will be even easier to execute!