After we were familiar with the story, I took my class on a virtual field trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I showed pictures of the city and we even looked up the local weather. My second graders then learned about the exchange and I told them our buddy class was a 2nd grade class in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! My kids were soooooo excited! I don't know which they were more excited for, the fact they were sending their precious gingerbread men/women to a state across the United States or the fact they were receiving a set of different gingerbread kids from a school that is very different from their own.
This exchange has been a fun activity for my students and I to take part in. I want to thank Jennifer Kadar over at Simply Kinder for organizing the entire thing! We now patiently wait for our package from Pennsylvania and we can't wait!