Students love to receive notes from their teacher! In our digital world, a handwritten or personalized note can add that special touch and let students know how much you care. Classroom postcards are a quick and easy way to jot a personal note to your students, communicate with families about an upcoming school event, let families know when school supplies are getting low, and more! Here are several ways you can use postcards in the classroom.
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Ways to Use Postcards in the Classroom
Whether these postcards are mailed or placed on top of their desk, students will enjoy receiving a note from their teacher. These postcards have options for Pre-K – 6th grade as well as a more generic welcome back to school option. You can type your own note on the back side of these postcards using the editable PowerPoint option.
To give students authentic writing practice, you might consider setting up pen pals. To save on postage and increase the turn-around time, my class had pen pals in another classroom in the school. Students can choose a pre-made postcard design or create their own picture.
While positive phone calls home are a great way to share great news with families, a postcard note can have the same impact and can last longer. These notes can be tucked inside student folders to save postage, too.
When the middle of the year hits and your supplies are running low, you can use a postcard to gently remind families to replenish supplies.
Not all families read the school newsletter or pay attention to every flyer that comes home in the backpack. However, if you get your students involved with creating postcard reminders, they are more likely to share them with their families when they get home.
If you have a writing center, print a few options each month and place the materials where students can easily access them. Don’t forget to include special writing tools and stickers that students can use as stamps. You can even add a special mailbox where students can “mail” their postcards.
While your students are practicing writing for authentic purposes, don’t forget to teach them how to write thank you notes to school staff. This might include the office staff, playground supervisors, custodians, lunchroom helpers, school resource officers, volunteers, and more. These postcards are sure to brighten someone’s day when created by your students.
Tips & Tricks
You can edit the back of every postcard with PowerPoint. Several postcards have the option to add text to the front, as well. There are also blank postcard templates so your students can create their own.
These postcards are just a bit larger than most postcards, which gives students more space to work with when writing. If you want to make these smaller, you can adjust the size in your printing menu.
I suggest printing these on cardstock paper so they are more durable and so the images do not show through as much from front to back. Because I have included black and white options for each postcard, you can also print on bright colored paper.
Here are some great options for cardstock paper:
You might consider having these postcards printed at a copy shop if you want something even more durable.
You can find my complete collection of classroom postcards by clicking on the image below.
You can also try this free sample pack of classroom postcards. This includes two pages of editable postcards (4 different images). This is a great way to make sure that this resource fits your needs.
If there are other postcards you would love to see added to this pack, please let me know!
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