Writing letters may seem simple, but in actuality, there's quite the process behind it. This past practicum with my Grade 3's, we learned about just that- letter writing.
I started off this unit with asking a very important question:
"Why do we need to learn how to write letters?"
Are letters only paper pen? Where else do we see them in the day of technology? I believe it is important to start off a unit with the question "Why are we learning this?" It motivates the students to come up with real reasons, and find reasons to want to learn about it.
What I loved about this unit was how creative I was able to get with the students. We read books that had letters to and from fairy tale characters. They had to then write a letter to a character of their choice.
Lucky for them, those fairy tale characters wrote back!
For each character the students wrote to, I grouped them up (based on the characters), and wrote back to them. They received letters from the Big Bad Wolves, Peter Rabbit, Little Red Riding Hood, and others.
These back and forth letters led up to them writing a letter to a race car driver who was coming to visit us for our science unit!
Their final letter writing activity was a Letter to Self, which they could only open on the very last day of Grade 3.
Letter writing may seem mundane, but with a little creativity, it can be really exciting.