We have started writing friendly letters in my second grade classroom. Once a week (or so), my students will write me a letter. They must have the five parts of a friendly letter, answer the questions they were asked, and ask anywhere from 2-5 new questions back. They are also allowed to share anything else they would like to write in their letter.
When we started, I wrote a letter to the class. It said something like:
How are you doing? I am great. I am excited to write letters back and forth with you this year. Did you know that I play soccer one day a week? What are some of your favorite things to do? I hope you write back to me soon.
Our school’s literacy coach was in my classroom teaching while I started my reading assessments. We had practiced an oral response for our letters the day before and she helped them put it into writing. Here are a few of the letters I received from my students.
For the first letter, many of them forgot to include some questions to ask back to me. Since that happened while I was out of the room, I wrote a second letter to the entire class. When the students wrote their second letters, I was able to check each one to make sure that 2-5 questions were written down. Now, I just need to carve out a few minutes each day to respond to my kiddos 🙂
Three new picture book packs have been completed and added to my TpT store. Each of these stories are perfect for the beginning of the school year. Click on any of the pictures below to learn more! ... See MoreSee Less