For Teachers and Parents:
The Purpose of this Project
January - February 2007 **
Animal Diaries - A Website for Student Authors
Rene de Vries, teacher at De Wadden School in Haarlem, The Netherlands
and Joan Goble, teacher at Cannelton Elementary School in Cannelton,
Volume 52 - January
We hope you are having a great
start to a new year!
We have a few Animal Diaries
news items to share with you and some book news too.
TRAVEL BUDDY EXCHANGE
Cannelton Elementary in Indiana USA, De Wadden Primary School in
Haarlem of The Netherlands, and Miyashiro Elem. of Gifu-ken in
Japan have exchanged travel buddies! Our three schools decided to
create a "Friendship" Project. Our six travel buddies
are "hosting" a website to share their experiences with
their host schools. The beginning of this website can be
The buddies are learning about the holidays,
ceremonies, and other cultural events of their host countries. It
should be an educational experience for all! We invite you to
visit it often to see updates and find out what the travel buddies
are learning and experiencing while visiting each other.
Animal Diaries has a progressive stories section that we would
like to invite you to join. We have several stories that your
class could contribute chapters to. One of those stories is about
a real-life elephant named Bunny. She is an Asian elephant who
lived at the Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, Indiana for many
years. Then she developed foot problems and needed to have special
medical treatment. As it turned out Bunny was sent to a special
place that was perfect for her and other elephants in need of a
safe place to live and recuperate. She was sent to The Elephant
Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Ever since then she has
lived a happy and healthy life in the company of other elephants.
In fact, these other elephants are like family to her!
In 2000 Cannelton Elementary students started a
progressive story about Bunny and now it has several chapters. You
can read this progressive story and all of the other progressive
stories of Animal Diaries at http://www.tesan.vuurwerk.nl/diaries/t8/index.htm
A new book for Bunny was started recently by
Cannelton and these students wish to invite your class to add to
it! If you are interested in doing so, please write to Mrs.
Goble's class at: email@example.com
and write "Bunny Chapter" in the subject to let us know
that you are wanting to add a chapter to this or any other
progressive story. We will be happy to add your chapter to Bunny's
story! We suggest you read the original chapters first, and even
visit the Elephant Sanctuary to find out more about what is really
You might even decide to "adopt" an
elephant from the Elephant Sanctuary, perhaps having a fund raiser
to raise money for the care of one of the elephants there. We hope
to hear from you soon about this or any of the other
progressive stories of Animal Diaries!
CALLING ALL STUDENT AUTHORS!
Animal Diaries would like to invite all student authors to write
about an animal that you know of who has done an extra-ordinary
thing! It could be anything from surviving an ordeal to performing
unbelievable feats to even rescuing someone from a dangerous
situation. If you have a story to write of an extra-ordinary
animal please do and send it to us in an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your story is original we will then publish on a
special section of Animal Diaries called AMAZING ANIMALS.
To inspire you, you might want to read some already
published stories of amazing animals such as Baby Whale
Rescue written by Carolyn Arnold about J.J. the baby
whale, or Travels With Tara written by Carol
Buckley about Tara the elephant who was one of the first elephants
to live at The Elephant Sanctuary.
So, let's share with each other about how amazing
animals can be!
That is all we have for now.
We hope to hear from you all soon!
Keep sending us your wonderful photos, drawings, and stories!
Goble and René de Vries