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Send a Smile: Make a Card for a Special Occasion

 

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Send a Smile: Make a Card for a Special Occasion

Grades 3 – 8
Activity Time 30 minutes to 2 hours
Activity Author

Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith

Portland, Oregon

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

Activity Description

Why This Is Helpful

 

Activity Description

Children have fun making a personal holiday greeting card or invitation for a friend or family member.  They decorate the outside and inside of the card with their own artwork, write a poem, limerick, funny or catchy saying that communicates their personal sentiment, whether humorous or heartfelt, then sign the card and send it off or deliver it.

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Why This Is Helpful

Children think about the meanings behind various holidays and events in their lives, as well as their relationships with whomever they’re making the card for.  They also have the opportunity to have fun with words, fostering a sense of the dynamics of language to communicate feelings and ideas, such as:

  • why is this funny?
  • why does this sound appealing (rhyme, rhythm)?
  • why does one word make better sense than another?

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