Letter writing, point of view, asking and answering questions, addressing envelopes!
Fairy Tale Mail!
This is a great complement to any fairy tale, letter writing, or point of view unit. This product is actually two products in one. First, there is a bulletin board that you can display with oversized envelopes “addressed” to fairy tale characters. This is a great way to teach how to address an envelope and it looks super cute. It also comes with two banners; large in blue and smaller in red both with the caption “Special Delivery”.
The second part is a twist on Janet Ahlberg’s book, The Jolly Postman and Other People's Letters
As I read aloud the following fairy tales; Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood, we chart (included) the characters, their traits, evidence to support the trait and any questions we would like to ask them if we could. The chart comes in color and black and white and can be made into a poster. Directions are included for how to turn a PDF into a poster. I would also give the kids their own black and white chart to add to as well.
After all the books have been read, the kids select a character to write a letter to. There are 17 characters you kids can write to. If you have more than 17 kids in your class (and you probably do!) you can double up on the characters as it makes no difference.
Next, the kids are given a planning sheet or graphic organizer which can help organize their thoughts as pre-writing. From there, I have included stationary that has differentiated lines, as well as some having the words “Dear” and “Sincerely” if your kids need that assistance. However, you can also use your own paper. I have included criteria for success and a grading rubric that you can assign points or a letter grade.
Once the kids have written their letters, they address the envelopes (provided by you) and use the bulletin board of fairytale character addresses to address their envelopes. The letters are “sent”. Kids then randomly choose a letter to respond to as that character. Again, I have included criteria for success and a grading rubric for the response letters. These letters are hilarious as I encourage them to be creative in their response but also to use the text as evidence. I make a copy of both letters and then I type them up and put them into a book. The result is adorable and every child gets a copy and one goes in our classroom library.
I have included a file that has a cover for your book, a letter to the reader (and also one that is in a font that you can edit and make your own), and then templates where you can type both the letter to and the response from the character. This file comes in color and black and white. I like to do the class book in color, bind it and put it in our library. When the book is assembled, you want to lay it out and copy it so when the reader opens it, there is the letter to the character and then on the next page there is the response.
Here is what is included
17 oversized “envelopes” with characters’ addresses
graphic organizer to chart characters, traits, evidence, and questions to ask; in color and black and white
a graphic organizer for prewriting to the character
2 banners; one large in blue and one smaller in red spelling out “Special Delivery”
2 criteria for success; one for letter writing to a character, and one for responding as a character;
2 grading rubrics; one for letter writing to a character, and one for responding as a character;
stationary-6 different papers to use as kids write to and response to characters;
Cover for the fairy tale mail-editable to add your name and class (in color and black and white)
Directions on how to turn a PDF into a poster
Templates for you to type in character’ letter and response-color and black and white. **The templates are marked with the character’s clip art so you will easily be able to keep track. Also, with the colored templates, the frames for each character and the response are the same color. I have marked which should be the letter to the character and which would be the response.
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