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Mail Time! An Integrated Postcard and Geography Study

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Mail Time! An Integrated Postcard and Geography Study

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Devon Hamner

Devon Hamner

Grand Island, Nebraska

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Dear Annie or another letter writing book

  • Chart paper to use for graphing

  • Large display area, pins, and string

  • Writing materials

  • Stamps and envelopes

  • World, national, state, and local maps

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Postcard Creator

Grades   K – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Postcard Creator

The Postcard Creator helps students learn to identify all the typical parts of a postcard, and then generate their own postcard messages by typing information into letter templates. After printing their texts, students can illustrate the front of their postcards in a variety of ways, including drawing, collage, and stickers.

 

Letter Generator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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PREPARATION

  • Customize and make a copy of the letter to send home in his or her preferred home language.

  • Customize and make copies of the letter to mail to family and friends (the number needed for each student will vary, as will the languages into which you will need to have the letter translated.)

  • Display the maps on a large bulletin board or other display space with room to pin the postcards around it.

  • Explore the Electronic PenPals or KeyPals Websites and choose the resources to share with your class.

  • Explore the resources from the Postal Pack for Elementary Educators from the Postal Museum at the Smithsonian Institute for additional resources you can share with your students.

  • If desired, recruit additional adults and friends to ensure that every student has someone to write to. Your Parent/Teacher Association may be able to help with volunteers and funding for additional stamps and envelopes.

  • Test the Letter Generator student interactive and the Postcard Creator on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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