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Best Idea Ever: Grammar Letters



Education World continually tries to discover the best teaching ideas ever. This feature highlights a favorite teacher-tested idea designed to help you teach a lesson, manage a classroom, communicate with parents, impress colleagues and administrators—and amaze them all with your energy and creativity! 


I have a small bulletin board that I have titled "You've Got Mail." Next to the board is a cup with every students name on a piece of paper. When a student has free time, he or she may draw a name out of the cup and write a letter to the person whose name is drawn.

The catch? The letter must include five writing errors—spelling, grammar, capitalization, and so on. When the letter is completed, signed, and addressed, its posted on the bulletin board to be collected by the addressee, read and CORRECTED! This is a great way for students to practice writing and editing skills while "legally" passing notes in class. The kids love it.

Submitted by: Sarah Welty, 5th grade teacher, West Englewood Elementary School, North Kansas City School District, Kansas City, Missouri

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