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the Buffalo Roam
for this project is complete. Participating classrooms will begin
posting information here shortly. Check back often!
is located in Kansas, what better way to virtually travel the United States
than with our two Traveling Buddy Buffaloes, Buffy and Burly! Each is
making a separate journey around the U.S. during the 2000-2001 school
year. We are looking for 15 classrooms to host Buffy and 15 to host Burly,
make a video record of their involvement in classroom activities and visit
places of interest in your community, then send them on their way to the
next classroom. Teachnet will select classrooms and develop the itinerary
and chart their progress on the Teachnet.Com website. If you are interested,
read on, then fill out the form on the next page.
- Buffy or Burly
- An itinerary
- Tips for shooting your video
- A list of schools and addresses (for postcards you
- Send questions-of-the-week by email for classroom use.
- Email Teachnet
Arrival Confirmation when Buffy or Burly
has arrived at your location.
- Write a journal
entry in email form (in first person from
Buffy or Burly's viewpoint) and send to Teachnet.com. We will be putting
these electronic journal entries online to chronicle the travels.
a Video: Expose your visiting buffalo to life in your school
and attractions in your community, in order to create a video record
of the visit. Teachnet may do minor editing of your video, then put
it online to share with other classes. It is your responsibility
to check with your school district for their policy regarding videotaping
in the classroom, and privacy issues regarding pictures and names of
students on websites. Teachnet suggests showing students in group
settings, without identifying them by name.
- Send a postcard
to each participating school when you receive your buffalo. There should
be approximately 14 schools.
- Send a weather
report weekly by email to Teachnet of the
temperature at the end of your school day on Thursday. These
reports will go online, and serve as a weekly reminder of the connectedness
of all the classrooms participating. The data may also be used in math
and science activities of your choosing. You might use an outdoor thermometer,
or use Weather.Com
to look up the current temperature for your city or zipcode.
- Use Priority
Mail to send the buffalo to the next participating class.
- Track the travels of the buffalo on a wall map.
- When you send the buffalo to the next class, include
printed materials about your city.
- Find the latitude and longitude for each participating
school. (See The
Accomodation Search Engine)
- Calculate the distance between each participating school
as well as total miles traveled by the buffalo. (See Indo.Com)
- Art activity: Buffalo
Storytelling Cloth (scroll down)
- Art activity: Sandpaper
- Brainstorm ways to preserve the American Buffalo.