Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wild About Writing Wednesday and a GREAT Giveaway!

This week's writing tip is all about using postcards in the classroom and it comes from the book Teaching Real-Life Writing to Young Learners.

Postcards are an easy and fast way to get your students thinking about writing to friends, classmates, and family members. They are short and easy to manage when trying to get your youngest writers to send a message to someone. They also bring about a great sense of accomplishment for your students because they involve writing for a purpose and they go through the mail whether it is class mail, school mail, or the real mail. 


Introduce postcard writing by discussing with students reasons why people write postcards. Create a circle map or other graphic organizer to show all of the reasons your students share. Have students share stories about times they have sent or received a postcard. Younger students may not be familiar with postcards so introducing postcard writing with the literature links below or by showing real examples of postcards is a good way to get started. 


Great books that will inspire postcard writing...





Introduce postcard writing by modeling the process. Create an over-sized "postcard" to send to someone or another class in the school. Draw students attention to the fact that when you write postcards you only write a short message. If you introduce postcard writing with the book Arthur Goes to Camp have students see what all they can figure out and gain from Arthur's short messages. For example, how Arthur might be feeling or what he might be thinking about what he is writing about. For your youngest writers you will have to model, model, model before turning them loose to write their own postcards. 

My favorite way to use postcards in the classroom is with Poco & Pop's Monthly Classroom Stationery Set
If you are not familiar with Poco & Pop then you must check them out! I love all of Susan's stuff!! 

The stationery set contains 12 large colored stamps for display in the writing center and 26 black line masters so you can run off as much stationery as you need. There are 2 formats for each month or celebration- a postcard and a fold-over version. 

I wish I had pictures from my own classroom to share, but since I can't find any right now I used some from the Poco & Pop site.  My class has used the stationery to write letters to each other and to family members. They absolutely love writing to each other and being able to switch the postcards, stamps, and stationery out each month keeps them engaged all year long! 



Check out our fun mailbox below made by my BFF Amanda!! The kids put their postcards in the mailbox when they are ready to send them to their friends. 

And now for the MOST IMPORTANT and BEST news in this post... Susan has agreed to giveaway a set of the writing stationery to one lucky blog follower!! Woohoo!! 

To enter to win the Poco & Pop Monthly Classroom Stationery Set:

1) Check out the Poco & Pop website. 
2) "Like" Poco & Pop on Facebook
3) Follow Chalk Talk. 
4) Add Chalk Talk to your blog roll if you have a blog. 
5) Post about the giveaway if you have a blog. 
6) Like Chalk Talk on Facebook

You can leave a single entry for all of the requirements or a separate entry for each. It is up to you! The giveaway ends Next Friday, July 27th at midnight. Good luck everyone! 








92 comments:

mcoop1125 said...

I visited the Poco & Pop site. I liked the upper and lower case letters and the graphing package. Thanks for the chance to win!
Michelle
mcoop1125@gmail.com

mcoop1125 said...

I liked Poco & Pop on FB. Thanks!
Michelle
mcoop1125@gmail.com

mcoop1125 said...

I follow Chalk Talk. Thanks for the chance to win!
Michelle
mcoop1125@gmail.com

mcoop1125 said...

I subscribe to Chalk Talk on my Google Reader. Thanks!
Michelle
mcoop1125@gmail.com

mcoop1125 said...

I like Chalk Talk on FB:-)
Michelle
mcoop1125@gmail.com

Erica said...

I follow Chalk Talk.
Erica
Sprinkles to Kindergarten
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Erica said...

You are on my blog roll.
Erica
Sprinkles to Kindergarten
erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

Erica said...

I like chalk talk on facebook.
Erica
Sprinkles to Kindergarten
erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

Erica said...

I checked out poco and pop's website!

Erica
Sprinkles to Kindergarten
erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

Erica said...

I like poco and pop on facebook.

Erica
Sprinkles to Kindergarten
erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

Kelly S. said...

I follow your blog!
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Allison said...

I just checked out the Poco & Pop site. Wow! It is awesome!

Allison said...

I follow Chalk Talk! Love this giveaway!!

Allison said...

Chalk Talk is on my blog roll because I love your blog. Please stop by my blog to check it out. Thanks again for a wonderful giveaway and all of your great posts! Fingers crossed!

Ms. Thomas said...

I heart Poco and Pop! I bought the letters last year and used them for my word wall!

-Ms. Thomas

{thefirstgradejungle.blogspot.com}

Ms. Thomas said...

I am liked Poco and Pop on facebook!

-Ms. Thomas

thefirstgradejungle@gmail.com

Ms. Thomas said...

I have had your blog on my blog roll since I started blogging!

-Ms. Thomas

thefirstgradejungle@gmail.com

Ms. Thomas said...

I just liked you on facebook!!

-Ms. Thomas

thefirstgradejungle@gmail.com

Mrs. Ziel said...

I visited the Poco & Pop site, liked them on fb, and liked Chalk Talk on fb, too. I love to follow your blog! Thanks for all of the great ideas! Mrs. Ziel

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Kelly B aka Queen Bee! said...

I checked out the Poco & Pop website.
I Like" Poco & Pop on Facebook.
I Follow Chalk Talk.
I Added Chalk Talk to my blog roll.
I Like Chalk Talk on Facebook.

I left one comment, hope that was what you meant. Thanks!

kellybrown28021@gmail.com

yvonnee said...

I follow your blog. Thanks for the opportunity.
yvonnee

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Angela Dobrow said...

I visited Poco and Pop!

Angela Dobrow said...

I follow your blog :)
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Lori said...
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Lori said...

I follow your blog.
lraines78@gmail.com

Lori said...

I checked out Poco & Pop's website.
lraines78@gmail.com

Lori said...

I follow your blog.
lraines78@gmail.com

Lori said...

I liked you on FB.
lraines78@gmail.com

Pam said...

I checked out the Poco & Pop website.
I now "like" Poco & Pop on Facebook.
I already follow Chalk Talk.
I "like" Chalk Talk on Facebook.

Mrs. McHaffie said...

I checked out the Poco & Pop website! Love the stationary and the alphabet letters! Cute!

Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal
kellymchaffie@hotmail.com

Mrs. McHaffie said...

I "liked" Poco & Pop on FB!

Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal
kellymchaffie@hotmail.com

Mrs. McHaffie said...

I am a "die-hard" follower! :)

Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal
kellymchaffie@hotmail.com

Mrs. McHaffie said...

You're on my blog roll!

Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal
kellymchaffie@hotmail.com

Ellen said...

I checked out the Poco & Pop website. I "like" Poco & Pop on Facebook. I already follow Chalk Talk and I "like" Chalk Talk on Facebook.

Megan said...

I love Poco and Pop! I have their job chart wheel- it's great!
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Megan said...

I like Poco & Pop on facebook.

mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

Megan said...

I'm a Chalk Talk follower!

mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

Megan said...

I like Chalk Talk on facebook.

mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

sspeller said...

Checked out their website. Cute stuff!
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sspeller said...

Follow Chalk Talk! One of my favs!
sspeller@verizon.net

Kinderkids said...

I am definitely a Chalk Talk follower.

Kinderkids said...

I liked Chalk Talk on Facebook!
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Kinderkids said...

I visited the Poco and Pop website. I love the stationery!
Clairhr@comcast.net

Kinderkids said...

I do not have a blog, but I would ccertainly have you on by blog roll if I did!
Clairhr@comcast.net

susan said...

I checked out the Poco & Pop website.
I follow Chalk Talk.
I Like Chalk Talk on Facebook.

Andrea said...

I checked out Poco and Pop and like their letter set. Too cute!
Andrea
readerstars@gmail.com
Reading Toward the Stars

Andrea said...

I like Poco and Pop on FB.
Andrea
readerstars@gmail.com

Andrea said...

I follow Chalk Talk!
Andrea
readerstars@gmail.com

Andrea said...

I like Chalk Talk on FB.
Andrea
readerstars@gmail.com

Lori said...

I like Poco & Pop on Facebook!
Lori
lorikimball1@aim.com

Lori said...

I follow Chalk Talk!
Lori
lorikimball1@aim.com

Lori said...

I like Chalk Talk on Facebook!
Lori
lorikimball1@aim.com

Lori said...

I checked out the Poco & Pop website!
Lori
lorikimball1@aim.com

Heather Scruggs said...

I checked out the Poco & Pop website!

Heather Scruggs said...

I liked Poco & pop on Facebook!!

Heather Scruggs said...

I follow Chalk Talk!! But I dont have a blog!
Heather
heatherscruggs1@gmail.com

Heather Scruggs said...

I liked Chalk Talk on facebook! Thanks for the chance to win!

heatherscruggs1@gmail.com

Mrs. Hanley said...

What a great blog! Happy I found it when you're doing this giveaway!

- I visited Poco & Pop's website (adorable stuff!!! Adding it to my Wish List!)

- I liked Poco & Pop AND Chalk Talk on Facebook.

- I even figured out how to follow Chalk Talk on my blog, but bookmarked it because I'm way more likely to check that than the blog I created for a class I took. (c:

Thanks for everything you do and share through this blog!

Mrs.Hanley101 at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I checked out Poco and Pop's website. I love this stationery set!

Karen
kdhooper@earthlink.net

Anonymous said...

I liked Poco and Pop on Facebook.

Karen
kdhooper@earthlink.net

Anonymous said...

I follow Chalk Talk.

kdhooper@earthlink.net

Anonymous said...

I liked Chalk Talk on Facebook.

kdhooper@earthlink.net

BMiller said...

I follow Chalk Talk!
Brianne - bmiller@lockport.wnyric.org

BMiller said...

I checked out the Poco & Pop site! Great ideas and resources.
Brianne - bmiller@lockport.wnyric.org

Tracy St. John said...

I am your newest follower and love what I am seeing on your blog! THanks for this offer!

http://crayonspencilspaper.blogspot.com/

Tracy

Tracy St. John said...

I was on the Poco and Pop site and loved all their different wheels and their various uses in the classroom....gets my own "wheels" spinning! :P

http://crayonspencilspaper.blogspot.com/

Tracy

Emmy said...

When I visited Poco & Pop, I realized I already have their birthday banner in my classroom!
Emily Hughes
emilyg.hughes@gmail.com

Emmy said...
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Emmy said...

I liked Poco & Pop on FB

Emily Hughes
emilyg.hughes@gmail.com

Emmy said...

I have added your blog to my blogroll! You are the very first blog on that roll!

Emily Hughes
emilyg.hughes@gmail.com

Emmy said...

My teaching blog is brand new, no posts yet! But I will blog about this when I make a post.

Emily Hughes
emilyg.hughes@gmail.com

Emmy said...

I liked Chalk Talk on FB!

Emily Hughes
emilyg.hughes@gmail.com

Robin Garcia said...

I've done all the requirements to enter for the prize.

Robin
robingarcia496@gmail.com

Mrs. Frank said...

1-6 assignment complete! Poco & Pop are great; I have checked them out, and liked them on facebook. I am also following Chalk Talk, have added it to my (very raw & new)blog, posted the giveaway and like you on Facebook.
May the luck be on my side (smile) Thanks for the chance to win and keeping us posted on the latest and greatest for our classrooms!

Mrs. Frank said...

One more 'comment' to leave name and email....
Julie Frank
frankx4@midco.net

Candis DePalma said...

I like Chalk talk on Facebook!

Candis DePalma said...

I like Poco and Pop on facebook!

Delighted said...

I checked out the Poco & Pop website. Cute stuff!

imgoingfirst@gmail.com

Delighted said...

I Like Poco & Pop on Facebook.

imgoingfirst@gmail.com

Delighted said...

I follow Chalk Talk. :-)

imgoingfirst@gmail.com

Delighted said...

I like Chalk Talk on Facebook.

imgoingfirst@gmail.com

Krista said...

I follow Chalk talk by email and love the Poco and Pop stuff!!

skguyer@verizon.net

Ziggyfriends said...

I took a look around the Poco & Pop website. I love the style of their products!

Donna W.
darryl40w@att.net

Ziggyfriends said...

I'm following Poco & Pop on facebook!

Donna W.

darryl40w@att.net

Ziggyfriends said...

I'm following ChalkTalk on facebook.

Donna W.
darryl40w@att.net

Ziggyfriends said...

I "stalk" your blog and all those on your blogroll!

Donna W.
darryl40w@att.net

Stephanie said...

I completed all of the requirements.

Stephanie
stephanierobertson2010@gmail.com

MeredithM said...

We start back to school this coming WEDNESDAY! It would make my day to win a copy of this book. :)

1. I checked out the Poco & Pop website. I loved their job wheel.
2. I "like" Poco & Pop on Facebook.
3. I am a new follower of Chalk Talk.
4. I "like" Chalk Talk on Facebook.

K. Mo said...

I visited the Poco & Pop website.

❤ Karen
flamingofab@gmail.com
Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

K. Mo said...

I like Poco & Pop on facebook.

❤ Karen
flamingofab@gmail.com
Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

K. Mo said...

I like Chalk Talk on facebook.

❤ Karen
flamingofab@gmail.com
Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

K. Mo said...

I follow your cute blog

❤ Karen
flamingofab@gmail.com
Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade