How to revive the culture of sending postcards? This learning scenario is an attempt to do so. Stamps are like a mini picture encyclopaedia. I am a stamp collector and I still get thrilled with every new postcard I get in my mailbox and my stamp collection is (slowly) growing.
Landmarks and holidays
Living and working in a small rural school like mine can seem quiet and dull. However, the era we live in lets us become the citizens of the world. In my class with my 12-year-olds students, I enjoy finding out and reading about interesting places around the world. With very simple vocabulary and just the Present Continuous my students “sent” some adorable postcards from their “imaginary” holiday.
Our virtual mailbox
This lesson gives the students a context for writing. Students can follow a text template and they understand the postcard pattern. Moreover, they share a bit of enthusiasm for the wonderful places in our world.
English grammar and vocabulary are taken to the ICT room. The students use Europeana collections to find an image of a place by their choice and the image is turned into a stamp by Pixlr online editor. Their final task is to have a complete backside of a postcard designed for a virtual mailbox. The online display of the postcards from my classroom can be seen in this Padlet.
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The featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and belongs to the public domain.