Adventures in First Grade

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dear Mrs. Nunley,

In Writer's Workshop, we have been working on writing forms.  This past week, we've been focusing on letter writing. 

On Monday, I introduced letter writing with this awesome book:

This book is really neat because it has fairy tale characters writing different kinds of letters to each other.  For example, the first letter is an apology note from Goldilocks to the Three Bears!  Each letter is in a page that is made to look like an envelope.  My kiddos thought it was the neatest book!

Throughout the week, we read books with letters and then practiced writing our own. 

One of the books that we read was:

We then pretended that we were our pets (or our favorite animal) and wrote to our owners.  Here is mine (I took a picture, but I left my camera at school):

                                                 March 8

Dear Mrs. Nunley,

I miss you when you are at school.
Can we play fetch this afternoon when
you get home?

Iron Man

(I know what you are thinking....Iron Man?!  We got Iron Man when my oldest was four and we let him name the puppy.  That crazy name has worked well when telling stories to my firsties.)

My students were so excited about work on writing time.  They had so much fun with the assignment!

Does anyone have any other great books that you use in your classroom that focus on the characters writing letters?

Happy Saturday!


  1. This sparked a fun memory . . . when my Aunt Eileen went off to college, I actually sent her a letter from her favorite calf. That was probably 40 years ago but I remember it like it was today. What an engaging lesson for your future bloggers!!


  2. We like reading Dear Peter Rabbit.
    I has a similar theme to The Jolly Postman using characters from fairy tales. The kids love it!

  3. I love that book! Iron Man is too funny. I did the same thing when I was little except I picked elephant. My students have liked the book Dear Bear by Joanna Harrison.

    Apples and Papers

  4. Love Jolly Postman! Will have to check out Mrs. LaRue! We like to use "With Love, Little Red Hen" with letter writing, also. I think you'd like it!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  5. I love the idea of having your pet write you a letter! I have to try that :)

    Grade ONEderful