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In this engaging live program, students follow the correspondence between six 2nd-grade Lowell students who become connected (as “digital pen-pals”) through a school project. As they share insights into their families, hobbies, home cities, and cultural traditions, they realize that even though their lives may appear to be different, they have more in common than they initially thought. Students will be encouraged to think critically, participate in conversation, and make observations of objects from different cultures.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $125.00


1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Zoom, Contact us about using alternate platforms.

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Two weeks notice for cancellations.

The Tsongas Industrial History Center — an education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park — is a hands-on center where students, grade-school through college, learn about the American Industrial Revolution through activities, tours, and virtual programs of the sites where history and science happened. 

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Program Details


The program is interactive and participatory. Students engage our staff and each other in conversation and view artifacts and videos.

Classroom, home, and hybrid options are available. The classroom version requires individual computers (with headphones) or a computer and projector/smart-board. Home versions require each student to have their own computer or tablet. All programs use Zoom software. We will provide a passcode-protected link to share with students.


Enduring Understanding
Essential Question

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Comprehension and Collaboration:
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

State Standards

Massachusetts History and Social Studies Frameworks
Grade 2
Topic 3.
History 4. Identify what individuals and families bring with them (e.g., memories, cultural traits, goods, ideas, and languages or ways of speaking) when they move to a different place and identify the significant impacts of migration; identify elements that define the culture of a society (e.g., language, literature, arts, religion, traditions, customs); explain how the community is enriched by contributions from all the people who form it today.
Clarification Statement: Students should be able to give examples of traditions or customs from other countries practiced in the United States today, with a focus on the cultures represented in the class and what those cultures have contributed to U.S. society; describe traditional foods, customs, games, and music of the place they, their family, or their ancestors came.