Traveling to Alaska

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In an effort to enhance their literary skills and learn more about cultures other than their own, third-grade students in Diane Boccio’s class John Pearl Elementary School recently sent and received letters from pen pals at Ninilchik School, a K-12 school located in Ninilchik, Alaska. 

The Connetquot third-graders included factual information in their letters to their pen pals, such as what activities they take part in after school, their favorite television shows and how many family members live in their household. 

In response, the students from Ninilchik stated that they enjoy the same television shows and have a similar family structure. But a vast difference in their home state, as they often see wild moose and caribou roaming around, along with the fact that there are two active volcanoes located near the school. Additionally, the Ninilchik school contains a grand total of 132 students K-12, as opposed to the 224 students in John Pearl Elementary consisting of grades K-5.

As an addition to their literary activity, the students were shown the geographical location of Ninilchik via Google Earth, and were able to make note of geographical similarities and differences.