Since 2016, over 1,500 students from kindergarten through second grade have enjoyed being pen pals with Ben the Rooster. Students are able to practice important milestones through their interactions with Ben:
- Students will practice confirming understanding of stories by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification.
- Students will be encouraged to use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose replies in which they name what they are writing about, supply information about the topic, and provide closure.
- For replies, I frequently ask students to describe familiar people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
If you're interested in having Ben as a pal for your students, please consider Ben's Letter Club!