Students LOVE to get mail and Earth Day is a perfect time to teach students about letter writing! Ask each student to write a family member or friend that lives in a different town or city. Students can ask questions about what they do on Earth Day and around the year to promote a cleaner, healthier living environment.
Steps to Earth Day Writing Activity
Step One: Discuss Earth Day
As a class, discuss what Earth Day is and why it was created. Brainstorm a list of actions that students do to make our earth a better place. Discuss different activities or programs that students can take part in (recycle paper, shut off lights, etc.). After students have a fairly good understanding of Earth Day and what it is all about, move on to step two.
Step Two: Brainstorm Questions
Explain to students that they will be writing a letter to a family member or friend to find out what they do … or what their community does … on Earth Day or anytime of the year to support our earth. As a whole group, brainstorm questions that the students could ask in their letters. Encourage students to choose someone to write to that they think will respond.
Step Three: Letter Writing
Have students work through the writing process to write their letters. CLICK ON THE DRAFT and CLICK ON THE FINAL COPY templates below or have them write their letters on foolscap or looseleaf paper. There are one-page and two-page letter templates for both the draft and final copies. In addition, the different sections of the letters are labelled to make it easier for students.
Step Four: Address the Envelope
CLICK on the envelope template below and provide copies to students. Students can practice addressing a “draft” envelope before writing on the real one. Provide students with a completed example or work through the process with the students.
Step Five: Mail the Letters
If you have a post office nearby, have the students walk down and mail their letters. If not, mail them all off and then wait for responses.
Step Six: Discuss the Returned Letters
After a week or two, have students bring in the letters they received. Read the letters and discuss whether the ideas in the letters were similar or different than their own brainstormed ideas from step one.
Please take a minute and answer the following question in the comment section below: “What ideas do you have for using letter writing during an Earth Day unit with your class?” Thanks!
Next Article: 21 Earth Day Teaching Ideas and Add to the Link Up
- Earth Day Part 1: 3 Ways to Teach Students About Earth Day Vocabulary
- Earth Day Part 2: How To Use Journals With Earth Day Activities
- Earth Day Part 3: 5 Quick and Easy Earth Day Anchor Activities For Primary Students
- Earth Day Part 5: 21 Earth Day Teaching Ideas and Add to the Link Up
Until next time,