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Letter to Elementary Teacher (Preschool through grade five)
***This was completed in March of 2006 (third year) for the first time.  The results were absolutely fantastic!***

1. Read this:

Friendly Letter Writing
The friendly letter is typically less formal than that of a business letter. Usually, the first paragraph of the body will consist of an introduction which will give the recipient an idea about reasons you're writing to them with a short summary of the main topic of your letter.

The next few paragraphs will usually consist of the message you want to get across along with any details you may want to convey.

The last paragraph will usually be the conclusion where you wrap everything up. You can sum up your main idea in this paragraph, thank the recipient for their time, wish the recipient well, and/or ask any questions.

Since friendly letters are less formal, you can feel free to write it however you like, but the above format is fairly common.

2. Look at the example below of a friendly letter.  Your letter should look similar.  Remember, this does NOT have to be very long (I will inform all teachers who receive a letter that I expected a short friendly letter.  It may be two or three longer paragraphs and up to four shorter paragraphs--and no more!).

Sample Friendly Letter

1001 E. Park Ave.
Milbank, SD 57252
February 23, 2006

Dear Mrs. Culpepper,

I am in eighth grade, but I still remember sitting in your XXXXX classroom.  You were my fifth grade teacher.  Those three years were the most XXXXX days of my life while I was in Roosevelt School.  I am going to explain what I.............

The activity that I enjoyed the most was......... describe activity with adjectives and adverbs....and explain to your teacher how s/he made the activity even more enjoyable by the way s/he presented it....

Another experience that helped make the year memorable was.......   may describe a second thing that stuck out to you...and keep in mind that you do not need to write about an activity...you may simply want to write about your teacher's personality or something special s/he did just for you...

In closing, I want you to know that........   remember what you need for a "strong" paragraph (number of sentences)...

Your former student,          Sincerely,


3. Now, think about the teacher you would most like to write to.  Sit at your computer and begin to type.  Use the same format as you see above.  Include as many adjectives and adverbs as possible.  When you are finished, print your letter on ONE piece of paper.  Proofreading and revisions will be performed on your printed copy.  You will eventually write or print your letter to the teacher.

.  This step is for me.  It will be my responsibility to deliver all letters.