How to Write and Send “Snail Mail”
by Alana Pedalino and Hisami Aoki
Use this simple letter-writing class activity inspired by Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Are Friends to teach students how to write and send “snail mail” and to supplement any lesson on friendship.
When Frog sees that his friend Toad is sad because he never receives any mail, Frog is inspired to write a nice letter to Toad to let him know how much he’s appreciated. Even though the letter takes a long time to arrive because it’s literally sent by “snail mail,” Toad couldn’t be happier to finally receive it!
We were so touched by Frog’s act of friendship in “The Letter”—one of five classic stories in this week’s Dollar Deal, Frog and Toad Are Friends—that we created this class activity to teach students how they can write and send handwritten letters themselves to their own friends and family.
Here’s how to try this class activity with your students:
1. Download the free stationery-and-envelope template below. Print and make copies for your students.
2. Encourage students to write a kind letter to someone in their lives. (We recommend students draw classmates’ names out of a hat, but of course it can be anyone.)
3. Show students how to cut out, fold, and glue the envelope together. Then have them address their envelopes by filling out the “to” and “from” spaces. They can also decorate their envelopes!
4. Once their envelopes are sealed, it’s time to send some “snail mail”! (If they’re only sending letters to people in their classroom or at the school, they can just draw a stamp on their envelopes.)
5. Then it’s time to wait…wait…and wait some more…just like Toad. This is a great time for a discussion about the difference between letter writing and emailing or calling. How are these ways of communication similar and different?
First-grade teacher Laura Heitman's students at Hillside School in Allendale, New Jersey, had a blast writing their letters and waiting for them to arrive!
We hope that, just like Frog, your students are excited to bring joy to someone special in their lives! How did the snail-mail activity go? Did your students enjoy writing and receiving letters? Share with us on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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