Friday, September 17, 2010

Classroom Hack: Creating Postcards Using Student Work

Here is a quick way to let your students show off their artwork and get in a quick lesson on writing postcards. The picture above is a postcard I made in class from picture a student drew to go along with a media history assignment. I took the pictures and printed them onto card stock and cut them out. Then I had them write a postcard explaining the assignment and had them mailed. Soon the parents will get a surprise in the mail!

You can do the same thing with pictures of the students as well. Why not take a picture of the science experiment they are doing, the activity they are doing in their PE class, or them working on a computer? There is something special about receiving handwritten mail and it is even more special when it is from someone you love!

Please note: If you are using a laser printer you need it to heat up before running card stock in it. I print 25-30 blank pages first before I run the card stock through so it heats up enough that the toner sticks to the paper.


Scoopers, St Clair School said...

Postcards must be making a comeback! We have recently created postcards with images of our local past and present. Has involved great research, photography sills as well as reinforcement of CC. They have been recently printed and sent to national and international destinations so for feedback and discussion. I could have done with reading this post a week or two ago :D

John Hadley Strange said...

What a great idea. I'll try it and p[ass it along.

Kayla (Perkins) Beck said...

This is a great idea! I will definitely keep it in mind to use for my future class. This is also a good way to keep the parents informed, and possibly strike the parents' interest to get more involved with their kids' school work. This seems like a project that will be good for many different age ranges also.

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea! My aunt did this very same project with her class! She had her class draw pictures and then invite their grandparents to a school festival for Grandparents Day. The turn out was huge!