This project works best when couplets chosen for each student have different ending rhyming sounds. (The reason that the last word should have a different sound is that responding students will have a wider range of vocabulary choices when completing the rhymes). The first line of each couplet is sent to the partner school. Each student writes a second line for the couplet and sends it back to the original writers.
This is also a great ice breaker activity for teacher in-services in telecommunications.
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(This project originated from Lindsay Place School, in Quebec, Canada, with a group of French Immersion students. Other collaborating schools were Jefferson Junior High, Oceanside California, and St.Catherine's School, Turramurra, Australia)
Each student in the first class makes up one rhyming couplet. All the last words of the couplets must have a different sound. This makes the lesson more interesting on the receiving end.
The teacher sends the first half of the couplet to a collaborating school. The students at the second school create one or more matching rhymes for the couplets, and then return the completed couplets
(Here are some samples from the original couplets project. The first half part was created by students in Canada, and the second part was created by students from Jefferson Junior High, in Oceanside, CA)
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