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Friendly Letter

3.9

The student will write for a variety of purposes.

3.10

The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
h) Use apostrophes in contractions with pronouns and in possessives.

Week 1: Contractions & Friendly Letters
Learning Target
I can correctly identify and use contractions.
I can identify the five components of a letter.
Materials
● SB Presentation
● Contraction Dominoes
● Read Aloud Book
Procedures
Contractions
1. Introduce
a. Show students a sentence that uses no contractions and a sentence that uses contractions.
i.
Ask students what they notice between the sentences
1. Provide support: combining words.
b. Read the learning target together.
2. Explain
a. Define contractions (shorter way of saying two words).
i.
Have examples of contractions around the definition.
ii.
Explain to students the punctuation used for contractions (apostrophe)
1. “The first word stays the same, the
​ second word ​pops out letters and an
apostrophe​ holds their place.”
3. BrainPop Video (5:02)
a. https://jr.brainpop.com/readingandwriting/word/contractions/
4. Common Rules
a. Have a slide for each set of rules and have some students practice along the way.
i.
Not
ii.
Am, Are, Is
iii.
Have, Has, Had
iv.
Will
5. Activity (Domino Match Up)
a. Students will pair up (have them work with the person who they sit next to)
b. They will work together to match up the contraction dominoes.
c. Go over the matches when most of the students are done.
6. Conjunction Assessment
Friendly Letters
1. Introduce
a. Invite students to come sit in front of the SB.
b. Read the learning target together.
c. Tell students we will be working on writing friendly letters the next few weeks.
i.
Remind students that the morning messages are in the format of a letter and first
year letters).
d. 5 components of a letter

i.
Heading: address, and date
ii.
Greeting: means “hello” and all of the words used in greeting are usually capitalized.
iii.
Body: contains the message of the letter (indent each paragraph).
iv.
Closing: means “goodbye” and capitalize first letter of first word
v.
Signature: write name of writer, sign
2. Read Aloud
a. Choices:
i.
Dear Peter Rabbit
1. Ask, who is the writer? Who is receiving the letter? What is the letter about?
3. Components of Letter
a. Show students one letter from the book and introduce the 5 parts.
i.
Date, Dear ______ (Greeting), Body, From, Name
b. Show students a letter written to them about the unit and identify the 5 parts again.
c. Have students draw to pick who they are going to write to next week.
i.
Make it a secret!
d. Ask students to tell a partner the 5 parts of a letter.
e. Write a quick letter to Ms. Davis on index card.
Assessment
● Practice examples
● Domino Match Up
● Questions
● Conjunction Assessment