FRIENDLY LETTER WRITING 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.
*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. 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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