Friday, January 18, 2013

Flannel Friday: Letters from Favorite Characters

As part of this week's Read-Along Story Time, a new activity I have just started for beginning readers at my library, I read the story from Frog and Toad Are Friends where Toad never receives mail, and Frog sends him a letter so that his mailbox will not be empty. I really wanted an activity to go with the concept of mail, so I came up with this guessing game. I used it with poster board, not a flannel board, but that was because of time constraints in creating it - it would work basically the same way on the flannel board.

First, I typed up the following set of letters:








Then I took some plain white envelopes, wrote the names of the individual recipients on the front of each one, and attached an accompanying picture to help the kids identify each name. Finally, I mounted the envelopes on poster board so the whole group could see the whole collection at once.

When they were hung on the bulletin board, they looked like this:
(Forgive the blurry image - it was taken from a distance.)


When I pointed to a letter, I asked the kids to tell me who it was for, then to guess who it was from. The child who guessed correctly got to open the letter for me. Then I read the letters to the group.

This is definitely an activity for kids who are familiar with a lot of books already, so it worked well with the Pre-K and K group I had. With younger kids, I might still use the concept, but maybe only with characters from books we have just read, or with books I have heard them talk about. I think it would also be fun to do another set with characters from fairy tales, or to tell a story using letters, and open one at a time to reveal the next part of the story.

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10 comments :

  1. Very cute! I am going to steal this to go with our post office literacy center we are putting together.

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    1. Thanks! I love the idea of using it in a center.

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  2. Ooooh, this activity would go perfectly with several books that I have used in the past. I can't think of the exact names right now but I can look them up if you are interested. Two of the books I have used at storytimes and in my preschool classroom. One of the books we used a few years ago during Summer Reading. It is more suited for K-3, I think, but it was based on Fairytales.

    Very creative and versatile. I see lots of opportunities for reading and writing activities!

    Thanks for sharing this week!
    ~ K ~

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    1. There are two that I know of: Dear Peter Rabbit and The Jolly Postman. I'd love to know of any others. I think letters are such a fun way to promote early literacy.

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  3. This is such a great idea! We get class visits here, and I think doing something like this would be a great activity to use with them.

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    1. Thanks! I have been trying to think of what to do with my K and 1st Grade class visits this Friday - I think I might just take your advice and use this same idea!

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  4. This could be perfect for a "Growing Readers" storytime addition, or for a library field trip. I'm loving this idea!

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    1. Thanks, Katie. I'm excited about adapting it for different groups!

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