How can you make writing an exercise in personal expression, not drudgery?
Post 4 - Friendly Letters Saturday, July 21, In much the same way as my reading workshopI begin writing workshop with a foundational unit on sentences and paragraphs. Before students are ready to begin writing various genres, they must have those basics down Once these foundations are in place, we move on to our first writing genre.
There are so many ways you can use friendly letters and students are usually familiar with them already. To teach friendly letters we use lots of games, interactive PowerPoints, picture books, songs and practice, practice, practice!!
I could spend all day reading aloud! Some of my absolute favorite read-alouds for friendly letters include: I usually use this book as an introduction of the many reasons we write to people.
It has actual "mail" to open and read, such as letters, invitations, thank you cards, etc. If you read First Day Jitters at the beginning of the year, this one is a must since it is the same teacher and class.
Students will make that text to text connection!
This is one of my absolute favorite books! I love the illustrations and the closings of the letters are cleverly written! And, the author has a follow-up that we love, too though not quite as much!
There are several of these fairytale letter books. There are a ton more Do you have favorite read-alouds for teaching letter writing?
Some of my favorite letter writing songs are below. Feel free to download these freebies for use with your class!
I absolutely love this project and it becomes a super handy resource that students keep in their writing folders. They draw themselves and label the parts of the letter and on the inside they write their address, various headings, closings, practice their signature, and write prompts to help them when writing the body of the letter.
It saves prints and keeps me from having to purchase envelopes. Celebration Our big culminating project for this unit is our Flat Stanley Project. Students get so super excited about waiting on their very own mail to return to school!
We also create our very own postcards out of index cards - super easy! Students address the lined side and illustrate the blank side.
We then send them to their parentsThis section provides a summary of the key third grade curriculum and learning objectives for language arts, math, social studies, and science. Under each is a more detailed description of what children learn in third grade subjects, including detailed lesson descriptions of Time4Learning learning.
Letter writing activities like these teach your 2nd-graders more than just how to format addresses and write legibly. It teaches them how to express themselves more clearly in writing, to take their time in choosing each word and considering how their message will be interpreted by a very specific audience.
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Big, bigger, biggest (3rd grade) See how we can change the amount expressed by an adjective! In this language arts worksheet, your child gets practice writing adjectives, their comparative form, and their superlative form, such as big, bigger, and biggest.