- Write, address and mail a letter they wrote.
- 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.
- Student letter drafts
- Final Project Checklist printable
- Envelope Template printable
- Paper or card, scissors, tape or glue,
- Colored pencils and markers (optional)
- Stamps for mailing letters
Step 1. Download the Envelope Template. Distribute copies to your class, and then demonstrate how to assemble it. Provide students with paper or cards that will fit in the assembled envelopes.
Step 2. Now it is time for students to write and design the final version of their letters. If you completed lessons 1, 2 and 3, (Writing Letters of Encouragement, Writing Letters to a Favorite Author and Celebrating Unusual Holidays With Letter Writing) they should choose one of the three letters they drafted. Tell students to have fun and be creative: They can illustrate their cards any way they wish.
Step 3. Hand out the Final Project Checklist printable and review it with the class. Students may assess their own letters using the list, or students could use the list for peer review.
Step 4. As indicated on the Final Project Checklist printable, have students verify the address for their letters and copy the address onto their envelopes. Remind students that they will need to bring in a stamp in order to mail their letters along with their classmates' letters.
Step 5. After letters are completed, addressed, and stamped, mail the letters as a class. Based on the circumstances of your school:
- Take a field trip to the post office
- Take a walking field trip to a nearby mailbox in the neighborhood
- Walk to the school mailbox on site
· Optional: Explain how mail arrives and is distributed at the school. TIP: Find out when the mail is picked up from the main office and have your students meet the school’s mail carrier to see how mail is sent out!
Don’t know the zip? Have students use the USPS.com® Look Up a Zip Code™ tool.