There are so many ways that we can link Project Cope to our curriculum. 5th and 6th Graders are learning about energy this year and we will be asking our friends in Chilipula about their energy uses and sources of energy and comparing them to ours. There are so many other ways we can learn from each other. Here are just a few suggestions, please feel free to add you ideas to the list

Compare and Contrast

Health nutrition



Culture social history





Architecture/Engineering Technology


Cause and effect


Possible E-Pals projects we can adapt/tweak to do with our partners in Zambia. Standards/Objectives and learning activities for these projects can be found by following the links. There are many more to explore.

Creating a Good Weather Forecast

How is a good weather forecast made? In this unit, students will become meteorologists as they explore the conditions that make up weather. Through an ongoing email exchange, students will share weather related information about their own location while learning about the weather in Zambia

Collaborative Detective Story

This is a year-long project and the students begin by getting to know each other through emails and a questionnaire that is posted on a wiki. After students know a little bit about each other, one class, using the same wiki, composes the first paragraph of a collaborative detective story, setting the scene for all that will follow. The second class reads and proofreads the paragraph. If one class is learning the language in which the story is written, they should begin the story. Then, the native speakers of that language can read and proofread, making any grammatical/spelling corrections needed. Students brainstorm in class to determine what is going to happen next. The exchange continues until the story ends. A story written this way tends to take twists and turns as the students add information, much like a true mystery story does. Once the story is complete, a video-conference through Skype becomes the culminating activity.

Is Your Leader Elected Too?

Some countries are led by presidents, others by prime ministers, kings or queens. Even more varied than the titles are the ways these leaders came to power. In this project, students gather information about the current leader of their country and details about how he or she came into power. By collaborating with a classroom from another country, students get an authentic kid-to-kid global perspective on leadership!

Community Perspectives on Climate Change--An ePals Project

Students go beyond the walls of the classroom to survey members of their communities to find out what people know (or don’t know) about climate change and how they are (or are not) acting as part of the solution. Participating classes share their survey results and classrooms compare their data. Students use forums to discuss important questions such as: Which locations are the best informed and why? What inspires people to make changes? Should government bear the responsibility for preventing global climate change? As a culminating project, students write an opinion piece stating their opinion on how best to educate their community. Then, each classroom creates a climate change education item to raise awareness in their community (a website, posters, brochure…) and then shares it with their ePals for feedback before using it to help their community.

Reporting on Community Helpers

In this project, students explore their communities and report on community helpers. They will share their stories through photos and text in PowerPoint presentations or short videos to exchange with ePals and upload to the ePals Media Gallery to share with students around the world.

The Games We Play--A Community-Inspired Project

Have you ever heard of Course Landaise or Petanque? Have you ever played Kabbadi, Kho-kho or Poshampa? What games do you play in your schoolyard, playground, backyard or park?

This project explores the games that children and adults play in countries around the world while giving students a chance to interact with others through email, create presentations and practice their language skills.

Little Photo Reporters: Documenting Our Communities

In this project, students explore their communities and report on all aspects of community life, including small shops and businesses, cooking and traditional food, and celebrations. They will share their stories through photos and text in PowerPoint presentations or short video movies that they will send to their ePals and present at school. Presentations will also be uploaded to the ePals Media Gallery to share with students around the world.

A Taste of Culture

Food is an integral part of any culture. One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is the opportunity to try the dishes authentic to the country you are visiting. What, where, and how people eat gives us clues to other important aspects of a culture. Through researching and discussing popular dishes and drinks of the target country, students will gain insight into the country’s geography, celebrations, daily routines, and beliefs. As a culminating project, small groups of students will choose a dish or drink to prepare and share with the class. They will also complete a recipe sheet that can be compiled into a class cookbook.