- Follow the format for writing and addressing a letter in order to communicate about unusual holidays they have researched or made up.
- Develop narratives using effective technique, description, and sequence; organize and develop writing appropriate to purpose and audience.
- Demonstrate use and knowledge of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
- Get Started printable
- Show Someone You Care Poster printable
- Letter Template Sheet printable
- Student Research Sheet printable
- Computer with Internet access
- Research materials (digital resources or preprepared print resources)
- Family Activity Sheet printable
Assemble resources for students to use for their research. Teachers can choose to have students conduct their research online using kid-friendly search tools, or they can compile print resources for students to use in the classroom.
Step 1. Brainstorm with students the many reasons to write a note or letter. Ask students what the most unusual reasons for sending a letter or card could be.
Step 2. Explain to students that they will be completing a scavenger hunt to research unusual holidays and occasions in the history of letter writing.
Step 3. Hand out the Student Research Sheet and provide students with the resources they will need for the scavenger hunt. Review the class expectations. (Depending on your classroom, students may be using a kid-friendly search tool online, or they may be using printed resources provided by the teacher.) Remind students to consider credible sources and to cite where they find their information.
Step 4. Allow students to share what they have learned, and discuss what type of unusual holiday students would like to observe or create. Once they have chosen the holiday, ask them to decide to whom they would like to mail their letters, it could be a classmate or a family member!
Step 5. Distribute the Letter Template Sheet and provide students with time to write their letters.
Step 6. Use the Teach Students How to Address and Mail a Letter lesson to guide students to complete and mail their letters.
At home extension: Distribute the family activity sheet and have kids continue the letter writing fun at home!