What makes someone feel more special than receiving a letter in the mail? Forget about email, text or Facebook messaging, we all know that feeling when you have mail. Yes, REAL mail! You’re excited, that is fr sure!
Erin from The Watering Hole gives us the scoop on how she teaches her first graders the “ins” and “outs” of letter writing! She writes, she glues and YES, she SINGS!
Writing letters is a huge staple in our first grade classroom, not to mention one of the most FUN activities we do! This year, I have really focused on upping the fun factor in my classroom–not to say it hasn’t ALWAYS been fun ;). I am really into creating songs and characters to help ingrain skills in my students. One of my favorite ideas so far this year is a close friend of this guy–remember him? Well shortly after Sam came to play, we had the pleasure of meeting Letter Larry:
Larry is a letter carrier by day, and a letter-writing guru by night. He is SO into letters, in fact, that he dons a special letter outfit every day to remind us how to write the perfect letter.
Introducing the students to letter-writing was a multi-step process. First, we talked about reasons we can write letters (to say “thank you,” to ask a question, etc.). Then, we talked about who we can write letters to. This was so much fun! First, we made a class list of people in and out of school to whom we can write.
Then, the students created their own address books. They wrote the names of other students in the building and the names of their teachers. This got them so pumped to start writing!
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