This resource is an opportunity for authentic writing, and is a great way to foster friendship! Have kids write to their friends--or make new friends with a pen pal letter. Friendly letters can be thank you's, invitations, get well notes, pen pal letters, and so much more!
This resource includes a mix of pocket chart accents, anchor charts, benchmark letters, 12 topic prompts/task cards, templates, and plenty of stationery. This should help your students learn how to write a few different kinds of friendly letters. Print the the pocket chart/anchor chart accents on bright paper for extra pizzaz.
Yes, this is printer ink friendly!
The pocket chart or bulletin board pieces can be printed on COLORED paper to make greater visual appeal!
*Suggestions and practical ideas for using this resource
*Arrow cards to highlight parts of letter for a pocket chart or writing center
*8 x 11 poster of 5 parts of a friendly letter (color/black-white). Use as is or enlarge.
*Friendly letter monster anchor chart/visual aid to show the 5 parts
*Benchmark samples of a friendly letter (grades 2-3)
*Prompt cards for friendly letter topics
*Letters with sentence starters
*8 pages of Letter formatted stationery with fun graphics
-Expectations: This file focuses on teaching the basic format for writing a friendly (informal) letter. Students will write a complete paragraph demonstrating typical cordiality. They must indent at the beginning of the paragraph, as well as write in complete sentences, use correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and wrap up with a concluding sentence.
(Note: The heading is designed for the date only. A friendly letter can include the sender's address in the heading as an option. For beginning letter writing, simply putting the date is appropriate.)
-Pocket Chart: Use the arrow headings: Heading, body, closing, greeting, signature, commas, punctuation, capital letters. Print on either white (or colored paper for extra appeal). Laminate for durability and re-use.
-Printing: Most pages are black and white. Some pages have minimal color, and can still be printed in gray scale.
-Choose stationery: Let students choose a template or blank form. Use any of the stationery and templates in this resource to help make writing fun!
-Pen-pals: Make it even more authentic by having them write to a pen-pal. Pen-pals do not have to be far away—they could choose a writing pal in their school or class, too! Write to an old friend or a new one!
-Encourage Friendship: When writing an authentic letter, have kids include a bookmark or stickers with the letter
Letter Writing is a form of narrative writing. This resource correlates with some of the standards found at www.corestandards.org:
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