Adventures in First Grade

Saturday, March 17, 2012

You've Got Mail

My bloggy block has broken!  Shew...I was worried there for a little bit!

In Writer's Workshop this week we have been working on writing postcards.  On Monday, I read this book to my class: 

I modeled writing a postcard for them by writing to my sister.  On chart paper, I drew a "postcard" showing where to put the address and the place to write the short note.

I discovered this book and I read it to my class on Tuesday:

The family goes to the beach and every page has a postcard that they write to their grandmother telling her about their trip.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the children worked on creating their own postcard in their writer's notebooks.  When they finished, the student and I would have a writing conference and edit the note together.

Since we were learning about writing postcards, I thought it would be neat to do the final copy on a real one.  I bought a bunch of different postcards and each student was able to choose their favorite.  Total excitement.  I was surprised at how enthusiastic they were about their writing!  Here's a picture of one of my kiddos hard at work:

After they had finished their postcards and I had checked them, I told the students that they could keep the cards.  One of my firsties raised her hand and said with the most serious expression, "Forever?"

This was such a fun and cheap writing assignment.  I think it cost me $8 and change for twenty postcards and it was something that they talked about for the rest of the day. 

I am going to go enjoy this beautiful spring-like day!

Happy Saturday!


  1. Fun! I noticed at Walmart they had packs of postcards in the Dollar Section...they were really cute and generic enough for class writing!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Great lesson! I'm going to have to check out those books:)

  3. Thanks for sharing! I love this idea. I will have to find these books so that I can do this after Spring Break.

  4. Glad your bloggy block has broken!
    Very cool lesson plan.
    Grade ONEderful

  5. SWEET! :) Thanks for sharing :) Glad you're back at it! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous