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Would you rather get a letter in the mail from a special friend, or talk to them on the phone? How would you feel if you went home today and found a letter addressed to you in your mailbox? What kinds of things do people tell each other in letters? If you were to write a letter, who would you write to and what would you say? Invite students to make predictions about the story by asking: What do you think the letter to Amy is about?

What might the boy want to say? What is the weather like? What do you think will happen to the letter? Questions Talk with children about the characters' feelings throughout the story. Why do you think Peter wanted to send a special invitation to Amy? Why didn't Peter want Amy to see the letter? How did Amy feel when he bumped into her and grabbed the letter?

How did Peter feel when he finally saw Amy at his party? Next, discuss the weather in the story and how it affected the characters and plot. Why did Peter have so much trouble mailing the letter? How do you think he felt on the way home from the mailbox? How do you feel on rainy days? Materials Several large, clear jars or bowls Sheets of plastic wrap Ice cubes Hot water Directions Fill each jar with hot water, supervising closely for safety.

Help students cover the tops of the jars tightly with plastic wrap. Put a few ice cubes on top. Encourage students to watch closely to see what will happen inside the jar. Combining Science and Art In the story, a windy day caused Peter a lot of trouble. Have students smear glue along the inner edge of one end of the tube. Have them attach the ends of several tissue paper strips to the inside of the tube. The strips should be placed close together and can even overlap a bit.

Help students punch three holes at equal points around the opposite end of the tube. Distribute the yarn and have students thread each piece of yarn through one of the holes and tie the ends in place. Have students tie all three pieces of yarn together to create a long handle.

Begin your wind explorations indoors with an electric fan. Start by turning the fan on at its lowest setting. Let children take turns holding their wind socks in front of the fan with the tails facing away from the fan. What happens to the tissue strips? Invite children to predict what will happen when the fan is turned higher, then try it to find out.

If you have an oscillating fan, you can also experiment with wind direction. Invite children to use the wind socks outdoors on the next breezy day. Have them hold their sock by the long length of yarn and watch as the tail flies behind them like a kite. Children can also experiment by running at different speeds with their socks in hand. This is a colorful way to watch wind at work! Materials Blank postcards Crayons, markers, or colored pencils Party supplies Directions Have a party for an upcoming birthday, a special event, or simply to celebrate friendship and sharing.

You can invite another classroom to join you. Encourage students to tell you what information they think is important to include in their announcements they might like to look in the book for reference. Help students create invitations that include the date, time, place, and theme of your party. Have students write the party information on the left side of the postcard and another student or guest's name and classroom number on the right side.

Have students decorate the front of the postcard with party symbols such as hats and streamers. Help students deliver their completed invitations. On the day of the party, encourage students to thank their guests for coming to join in the fun.

Birthday Wish Graph Math Activity When it's time for birthday cake, Peter's friends suggest several wishes for him to make, but Peter makes his own wish before he blows the candles out.

Materials Chart paper Markers Large rectangles of tagboard in various colors Colored construction paper Large sticky notes Removable adhesive Directions Discuss the end of the story with students. What do they think Peter wished for? What kinds of wishes have they made on their own birthdays? Write students' ideas on a sheet of chart paper.

Cut several cake shapes from the large rectangles of tagboard and let students decorate them. Cut candle shapes from the colored construction paper. You will need one candle for each student. Give each student a candle and have them label the candles with their names. Choose several wishes from the list students created earlier. Write each one on a large sticky note and attach the wishes to the cake shapes.

Help students read each wish. Then have them attach their candle to the cake with their favorite wish using removable adhesive. When all the candles have been placed, help students count the candles on each cake and interpret the results. Which wish was the most popular? Which was the least popular? Try the activity again, using different wishes from the list. Word Play Explore weather vocabulary from the story with this easy, on-going word wall activity. Materials Index cards Markers Bulletin board for a word wall Directions Look through the book with students for words related to weather.

Words they might find include: For example, the closing of a letter does not always have to end in the word "sincerely. Assign each student to a partner. Ask the students to use the modeled form to construct a friendly letter to their partner. Brainstorm topics that they can include in their letter, including a discussion about favorite hobbies or questions for the other person.

After all students have finished writing their friendly letter, distribute a colored pencil to each student and have them switch letters with their partner. Ask the students to label the parts of their peer's letter and to make suggestions. Give the students time to participate in a peer review of their work.

As students work, circulate around the room and check to see that the students have correctly constructed and labeled their letters. Provide additional prompting and guidance as needed. Independent working time 15 minutes. For students who need additional practice in arranging the parts of a letter, ask them to complete the worksheet Arranging a Letter. Challenge students to explore and brainstorm purposes for different types of letters that could be written to a single person.

Make friendly letter writing authentic by organizing electronic pen pals for the students. This can be done by researching and coordinating with a classroom across the world or across the country. Students can write friendly letters and send their letters in messages or emails under your supervision.

If you prefer not to have students do this individually, you can always make it a whole-class writing experience, where you guide the students in shared writing and send the friendly letter in an email or message on behalf of the class.

Ask the students to complete the Letter Writing Match-Up worksheet. Check to see that students are organizing their letters and labeling letter parts correctly. Distribute one labeled sentence strip or index card to each student.

Tell the students that you are going to turn the music on. When the music stops, they need to find the four other cards that go with their card.

After they have done that, they need to stand holding their cards in the order of a letter. Turn the music on and ask students to mix and mingle around the room, stopping the music for the students to find their group and order the different labels.

Invite students to share the significance and meaning of each part of the letter. If desired, ask them to share an example.

Construct a Friendly Letter. With this worksheet, friendly letters will be under construction! Give your students the opportunity to put a friendly letter together! Put the Story Sequence in Order. Strengthen reading comprehension by putting by numbering the sentences to put the sequence of events in the correct order This writing exercise integrates both the construction of a friendly letter and the labeling of standard letter components.

Standing Up for Symbols. Students will show off their patriotism as they put their research and oral advocacy skills to the test in this history lesson. Creating a "How To" Book. Reading About Our Rights. Ask the students to come back together to a large group Order in the Court! Tell students that they just sequenced a story, or put it in the correct order.

Pair ELs in high-low groups to read the sentence strips together This is where I put the details and facts, i. Check to ensure that students have indented correctly and grouped similar ideas together But first, we have to verify your age! You have to be 13 or over to proceed. Please verify your age No, I am not 13 Yes, I am 13 or over.

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This Writing a Letter to a Friend Lesson Plan is suitable for 1st Grade. First graders practice their letter writing skills by writing to a fictional character. In this formal writing lesson, 1st graders read the books The Jolly Postman and Frog and Toad are Friends to examine the different parts of a letter.

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Jul 28,  · Other Writing Styles Lesson Plans. Writing a Letter is Easy as 1, 2, 3! July 28, | by Linda McGrue. Lesson Plan Have each student to choose a friend to write to. Writing a Letter is Easy as 1, 2, 3!/5(5). Lesson Plans for Teaching Letter Writing Students explore arguments against smoking and write letters encouraging friends not to smoke. (Grades ) ADDITIONAL LETTER-WRITING RESOURCES Truckers, Kids Make Good Buddies Buddy International pairs truckers and students as e-pals.

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Have students use notebook paper and pens/pencils to pen a letter to a friend explaining what they did over summer break. Friendly Letter Lesson Plan; Letter Writing Lesson Plan. Description: This is a lesson based on the book, My Friend Bear, by Jez Alborough. Each student writes a letter to a friend describing the strengths of the friendship. 1. Students will be able to make predictions about the content of the story by examining the cover and title. 2. Students will be.