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Classroom Activities: Elementary (grades 2-5)

Part I

Introductory Activity:

Letters Today:
Using a copy of the downloadable V-Mail stationery, have students write and send a letter (100-300 words) to a US service person currently living overseas. Letters must be written legibly, in black ink. Letters must include details of daily life. (A folded sheet can be mailed at regular first class rates if it measures at least 3 1/2”w x 5”h and is sealed on two sides with tape or glue (no staples). DC standards of learning for Language Arts, grades 2-4 give specific instructions for letter content and form for each grade level. For information about contacting troops see: www.usps.com/supportingourtroops/otherways.htm or
www.americasupportsyou.mil/AmericaSupportsYou/letters_messages.html

Standards of Learning:
(Washington, D.C. Standards of Learning, Language Arts, Writing Strand, grades 2-4)

National Standards (National Council for Teachers of English)

Part II

Visual Communication:
Using the same introduction provided in Part I, proceed with the activity as follows:

NOTE: In depth discussion about V-Mail and its importance during WWII may not be appropriate for elementary school students. However, presenting an abbreviated description about the unique mailing process can be used as an introduction to letter writing activities. Students will most likely find writing on the specialized V-Mail stationery fun and useful motivation for the lesson.

Likewise, a discussion about WWII or any U.S. conflict is not applicable to the Standards of Learning for the elementary level. Therefore, a simple discussion about the meaning of patriotism and how different means of support to U.S. military service people can qualify as a patriotic act would be sufficient.