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Mail Day

Have each student bring in a shoebox to make a personal "mailbox".  The Art Lesson should be done before the Language Arts Lesson.  The mailboxes will be used in the Language Arts Lesson.

National Postal Museum - This site contains a wealth of information on the history and workings of the postal system.

Canadian Postal Museum - Basic information on the Canadian Postal Museum.

Bath Postal Museum - Bath, England's site has a timeline and lots of other interesting facts about their country's postal system.

Postage Stamps - Although this is a commercial site, there are great pictures of stamps from all around the world.

The Kids on the Web Pen Pals - A listing of different site which foster kids having pen pals.  Please use with caution.

American Philatelic Society - This links to the area just for kids, with activities, information, and links to related sites all about stamp collecting.

Dear Bear by Joanna Harrison.
A young girl corresponds with a stuffed bear who lives in her closet.

Dear Juno by Soyung Pak.
A young boy corresponds with his Grandmother in Korea.  Even though he can't write yet, he is still able to communicate his thoughts through pictures.

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School by Mark Teague.
In this humorous story a dog writes to his owner once he has misbehaved and been sent to obedience school.

Dear Peter Rabbit by Alma Flor Ada.
A collection of letters from one storybook character to another.

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart.
A young girl keeps in touch with her family when she moves to the city.

Hail to Mail by Samuel Marshak.
This delightful poem follows a letter as it travel around the world trying to be delivered to the correct person.

Here Comes the Mail by Gloria Skurzynski.
A young girl mails a letter to her cousin.  This book follows the journey of the letter.  It includes photographs of the different steps in mail delivery.

Here Comes Mr. Eventoff with the Mail by Alice K. Flanagan.
This book follows the day of a mail carrier.

The House in the Mail by Rosemary and Tom Wells.
A girl from the 1920's tells the story of what it was like to receive a catalog house in the mail.

How it Happens at the Post Office by Dawn Frederick.
A good nonfiction book about mail and how it is delivered.  Lots of photographs.

A Letter to the King by Leong Va.
An old Chinese story about a young girl's bravery.

Let's Visit the Post Office by Marianne Johnston.
A great book about all different aspects of mail delivery.

The Long, Long Letter by Elizabeth Spurr.
A lonely old woman waits for a letter from her sister.  The letter arrives and she learns she has lots of friends in her town.

In My Neighborhood: Postal Workers by Paulette Bourgeois.
This book follows the travels of a young boy's letter to his grandmother.  It explains the processes of mail sorting and delivering.

The Post Office Book: Mail and How it Moves by Gail Gibbons.
A simple book describing how mail is sorted and delivered.

Special Delivery by Betty Brandt.
A book about the history of the United States Postal Service.

They're Off!: The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness.
A detailed book about the Early American Pony Express.

Tortoise Brings the Mail by Dee Lillegard.
Which animal is best suited to deliver the mail?

With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada.
Another collection of letters from storybook characters.

Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada.
The storybook characters keep their correspondences going.

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