One Fifty-Minute Class Period
The learners will:
Students write personal letters to the fifth graders, welcoming them to the Middle School.
In advance, the teacher writes a friendly letter to each student. Although the letter may have elements that are the same for every student, each letter contains a unique and special note to that student. Place the letters on the students’ desks prior to class (each in an envelope with the student’s name on it). As the students come into class they may read their letters. After all of the students have read their letters, ask them some questions to help them understand how meaningful a personal letter can be. Wasn’t it nice to receive a personal letter? How did it make you feel when you saw the envelope with your name on it? How would it make the fifth graders feel to receive personal letters from you? How would you have felt if you had received a letter from an older student welcoming you to their school?
Assess student letters using the Letter-Writing Rubric (Attachment One). Teacher may add mechanical standards to the rubric.
Lesson Developed By:Sarah Watkin
Dear Samantha Jones,
I hear that you will be coming to our school next year and I wanted to be the first to welcome you.
I remember my first day at the middle school. I was a little bit scared coming to school because I would be with all of the older kids. I had never had to switch classes and I didn’t know where I would have to be all of the time. All of these things were scary, but I was really upset because I found out that I wouldn’t be in class with my best friend. At the same time as being scared, I was also excited because I would be in band and also meet new people. As it turned out, everything was fine and I made new friends in my classes.
My favorite part about our school is that we can play basketball in the gym after we finish eating our lunch. I also like my homeroom teacher. He is really cool.
I hope you have a good summer.
See you next year,
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