I was trying to think ahead a little bit (now that’s a scary thought), and I remembered how much fun my kids had with a mail/letter writing thing we did earlier this year. With this in mind, I thought to myself, why not run with this on vacation-themed level . . . postcard-style??!!
Not only will this go with all the travel activities from my Summer Vacation Packet that I plan on running those last two weeks of school, but I know that my kids will absolutely eat it up.
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Here’s my plan. The kids will design and write postcards back and forth for about a week. I am going to kick off this activity as a center rotation. The details are outlined below.
- Copy multiple templates and cut apart.
- Have your kids draw a numbered popsicle stick to determined which classmate they are writing to – it’s non-negotiable! If you don’t run numbers or have “sticks,” place your students names in a bin and have the draw this way.
- Students will then address their postcard (I plan on putting the school’s address on the board for them to copy) and write their letter. I am going to make it more a compliment thing (i.e. what I’ll miss about you), but do what floats your boat!
- As students finish up the writing, have them flip it over and design the front of their card. I will be breaking out my doodle and directed draw books as well as my colored pencils and sharp crayons.
- When finished students will place their postcards in our mailbox and put the “flag” up (I have a cool real one in my classroom that I will break back out . . . it just adds that extra sizzle). If you don’t have a mailbox, just designate a fancy box or bin as your holder!
- At the end of the day the VIP will serve as mailman and pass out the postcards. Anyone who wants to share can do so 🙂
Also, I just have to ask . . . did you all see the awesome eclipse yesterday? It was like home school science in my front yard yesterday evening. My hubs was so excited – he loves this kind of stuff. The circles that it created on our house were so dreamy. I am glad I was able to catch it 🙂