Friendly Letters: Superhero Style

Sep 12th 2014
Students love Letterman, our Friendly Letter Superhero.

Children love superheroes so what better way to engage them in writing than with Letterman?

During my second-grade friendly letter study, Letterman, our Friendly Letter Superhero, visits the classroom each day to teach a specific friendly letter skill. He leaves colorful L’s on the classroom door to signal his visits. My students are true believers! They are so excited to see L’s on the door in the morning; they race over to the Learning Nest to read his latest letter. 

Students love Letterman, our Friendly Letter Superhero.

Letterman first introduces himself and asks students to write a letter to him, a perfect pre-assessment. The next day, he teaches the parts of a friendly letter with a color-coded letter and special chant. During subsequent lessons, he teaches students how to plan, draft, edit, revise and publish letters. Students pull name sticks to determine which classmate they will write to. Using Letterman’s superhero skills, students complete the writing process and mail the letters after publishing.

Letterman bulletin board

I pick a mail carrier to deliver the mail using authentic United States Postal Service materials. Students love wearing the mail carrier shirt, hat and mailbag as they walk around to classmates’ desks, delivering the much-anticipated letters. Students read and share their letters with each other.

Mail carrier

Delivering mail

As a post-assessment, students write a friendly letter to me to demonstrate their new friendly letter superhero skills. I copy all of the letters, including the pre- and-post-assessments and make a Line of Letters for all students. I fold 12×18′ construction paper in half like a book. On the back, I staple the pre- and post-assessments next to each other and glue the accompanying rubric underneath the letters. On the inside of the construction paper, I staple the student’s letter to classmate with classmate’s response and rubric underneath. These are perfect to share at parent-teacher conferences or to send home with report cards.

Sharing Letters 2

Letterman comes to visit the class throughout the year to keep students’ friendly letter superhero skills sharp.

Letterman preview

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4 comments on “Friendly Letters: Superhero Style

  1. astutehoot on said:

    Thanks for your comment, Jan! The kids LOVED Letterman and I was so happy to capture the pure joy they experienced during this unit.

  2. astutehoot on said:

    Thanks, Lindsey! Our unit is customizable and can also be modified and used in first or third grade. The kids absolutely love Letterman!

  3. Their faces are priceless! What a fabulous unit. I’ve pinned it for future reference.
    Jan
    Laughter and Consistency

  4. Oh my goodness what an adorably fabulous Idea! Now I wish I taught 2nd! And the picture of the student receiving the mail with that huge smile is just too much for me to handle! 🙂

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