Awesome letter: engaging with pre-scientists builds connections

The goal of this blog series is to provide STEM pen pals with inspiration and ideas from real STEM pen pal letters. We asked our 2020-21 LPS teachers to pick a letter that stood out to them and tell us why. We hope this series serves as a resource for pen pals to make letters accessible and engaging for pre-scientists.

This letter was written by STEM pen pal Alexys Long to a 5th grade pre-scientist for round 2. The theme this round was: Higher Education Journey.

The letter was annotated and reviewed by LPS Teacher Julie Wojnar, and here’s what she had to say:

Overall, why was this letter exceptional?

This letter was clearly written in kid language, there are plenty of pictures. Alexys is making connections by responding to what the student wrote about in their previous letter and also answering student questions to them.

Check out the letter below with Mrs. Wojnar’s annotations in purple. Thanks to Alexys for not only being a great pen pal, but also allowing us to annotate and publish their letter so others can benefit!

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