Lesson Plan 1: Create Your Own Postcard

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Objective:

Students will be able to design their own postcard about their summer vacation and choose a child from www.sendkidstheworld.com website and send it to them.

 

Materials:

Blank postcards (Worksheet 1: PDF Download, 70KB)
Thick paper to print postcards (i.e. card stock paper, heavy duty printer paper)
Crayons, colored pencils, markers 

Procedure:

  • Have a class discussion on summer vacation.  Students can share what they did, or the places they visited. 
  • Discuss postcards by showing examples.  Ask if anyone has sent postcards, received them or has seen them at gift shops or stores.  Students can give their ideas about the purpose of a postcard and what is written on one. For example: Postcards are short letters. They don't need envelopes. People usually send postcards when they are away on vacation or a business trip. The messages are short and simple, not too personal because the mailman can read the message as well. Usually the people discribe the place where they are and what they are doing. Teacher can list ideas of  typical postcard messages on the board. Teacher may also give a short insight about the history of a postcard.   For example:
  • John P. Charlton of Philadelphia patented the postcard in 1861, selling the rights to H.L. Lipman, whose postcards were labeled "Lipman's postal card." Nine years later European countries were also producing postcards. The first country to actually use the postcard was Turkey, in 1876. 1873 the United States Post Office began issuing pre-stamped postal cards. The Post Office was the only establishment allowed to print them. The first postcard in the United States that was not pre-stamped was created in 1893 to advertise the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Writing on the postcards was only allowed on the front side of these cards. The back was dedicated to the address. Shortly after, the United States government allowed printers to publish a 1-cent postcard.
  • Next, explain to students that they will design their own postcards and send it to a child who could not travel or leave their house due to a life threatening illness or injury.  Each student will choose a place they visited or a favorite activity they did, even if it was in their hometown or state, to use for their postcard. 
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  • Have students make a rough draft of their postcard to help them plan the picture and the message they will write. 
  • When rough draft is complete, hand out blank postcards (Worksheet 1) and have students create them.
  • Choose a child to receive the postcard.  There are two options to do this.  Option 1, the Send Kids the World website can be visited by the whole class and students will choose a child.  Option 2, the teacher can choose the child or children and give the addresses to the students. 
  • When postcards are completed, the students will address them.  A mini lesson on addressing a postcard may be helpful.
  • Have students address the postcards and send them.

 

Wrap Up:

Have a question and answer whole class discussion about postcards.