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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Julie Wollman, Ph.D.

Julie Wollman, Ph.D.

Worcester, Massachusetts


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Computer with projection screen or overhead projector, or you can have children follow along with the lesson individually or in pairs at their own computers

  • E-mail message for students to reply to (see Spring Party Message or create your own sample based on a real purpose for your classroom and students)

  • Two e-mail messages to send to all students for them to reply to by using the “reply” or “reply to all” functions and by changing the subject (see Please Reply Messages, or create your own samples)

  • Available computers and e-mail addresses for students to compose their own letters and e-mail messages and send the messages

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  • This lesson assumes that students have already been introduced to e-mail as a form of communication and have basic knowledge of how to create and send a simple message and how to receive and open a message sent to them. If students need a refresher on how to compose an e-mail, they can go to the kid-friendly E-mail page from the Arthur site. A Beginner’s Guide to Effective E-mail and Children and Media both offer resources for teachers that would be useful in a review of e-mailing.

  • Familiarize yourself with the e-mail software available to your students. Some programs do not include the reply automatically (or allow the user to customize where—or if—the reply appears). Be prepared to modify software preferences if necessary.

  • Send the Spring Party Message (or an alternative) to all students and prepare for projection, if possible.

  • Make paper copies for all students of the two “A Question” e-mail messages, with the single reply (or create your own examples), or, if possible, prepare these samples for projection.

  • Prepare two e-mail messages to send to all students for them to reply to by using the “reply” or “reply to all” functions and by changing the subject (see messages about recess and lunch behavior, or create your own samples). If possible, also prepare these samples for projection.

  • Make sure each student has an appropriate e-mail address to receive and send messages.

  • Make copies of the E-mail Replies Rubric , one for each student, to use in feedback on the project.

  • If desired, test the E-Mail Abbreviation student interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool 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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