Tuesday, May 17, 2011

End of the Year Letter Writing

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Every year I have my students write a friendly letter to someone in our building that has made an impact on their first grade year. (We call them "Lucky Readers".)  We start out by reading And Here's to You by David Elliott.
 
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 Afterwards, we worked together to brainstorm and create a list of people in our building that helped us throughout first grade.

  


We continued our brainstorming by listing the many ways we were helped throughout the year.  
 
 
We also made an extra word bank to help us with our spelling...      




After we reviewed the parts of a letter, we began working on our rough drafts.  We had our neighbors use editing guides to help find any mistakes.  Then we finished with our final copies on good writing paper.  

I attached the following to each letter...
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The students put their letters in addressed envelopes and we used stickers as stamps! Then we personally delivered them to our Lucky Readers!


 




3 comments:

Heidi Samuelson said...

What a fabulous idea!
Thanks for sharing!

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Amy said...

Love it, friend!!! And I loved my special letter! I'm doing it!!!

Amy

Gina said...

I absolutely love this idea! It's so great to get little notes from students and I think these people on campus don't get very many hand written notes like this. Way to go with the awesome lesson!!!!
~gina
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