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Curriculum
Dear Pen Pal
Grade: 3-5
Subject(s): Writing
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor
Materials
  • Tool Factory Word Processor
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Overview
    Students compose a letter to a pen pal using Tool Factory Word Processor. The letter follows the accepted formats for personal letters and includes the date, address, greeting, body, and closing. The letter describes the student's favorite hobby or hobbies using descriptive language.
    Instructions
    1) Open the "Pen Pal Letter Template" in Tool Factory Word Processor.
    2) FILE>SAVE AS. Rename the document as the student's own letter.
    3) Type the appropriate information including date, address, greeting in the delineated fields, replacing the labels given for instruction with text.
    4) In the body of the letter, the student describes his/her favorite hobbies. Some questions that the student may answer are: What is the hobby? Who introduced me to and/or has taught me things about the hobby? When did I begin the hobby? When/how often do I engage in the hobby? Describe the hobby in detail, using adjectives, verbs, and adverbs to describe the characteristics and actions involved.
    5) The student asks his/her pen pal about his/her own hobbies.
    6) The student writes an appropriate closing.
    7) Save. Print the letter.
    8) The student signs his/her name to the letter.
    9) Address the envelope and mail the letter or:
    10) Click on one of the email icons and send the letter to pen pals over the Internet.
    Follow-up Activities
    Use a digital camera to log a visual record of the pen pal. Write a letter about "A day in the life of...".
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Pen Pal Letter Template
  • Pen Pal Letter Template With Photo
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Pen Pal Letter Template
  • Pen Pal Letter Template With Photo
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Language Arts Standards: Writing Standard 1, Level 2, #12: The student writes personal letters (e.g., includes the date, address, greeting, body, and closing; addresses envelopes; included signature).