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Reintroduce: Thank-you Letter

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Lesson Type: Reintroduce
Grade: K, 1, 2, 3
Group Size:
Length: 20 minutes
Goal: Given a sample thank-you letter, students will compose a group thank-you letter that includes five parts (date, greeting, body, closing and signature).

Materials: Board or chart paper, sample Thank-You Letter, Thank You Letter Organizer (print here)

What to Do


Copy the Sample Thank-you Letter format onto the board or chart paper


1. Explain to students that you will help them compose a group thank-you letter.

Today we will compose a thank-you letter together that we will send to somebody in our school.

2. Ask questions to brainstorm ideas for the letter.

Let’s think about some of the people in our school that deserve our gratitude. Who should we thank and why?

3. Record students’ answers on the board or chart paper. Have the class agree on who they want to thank and why.

4. Review the parts of a thank-you letter.

Now we’re ready to write. What goes first in a thank-you letter? What comes after the date? What greeting do many people use? What do we need to include in the body? Yes, we need to tell why we are writing and the reasons. How do we end the letter?


5. Compose the group letter and record it on the board or chart paper.

What is today’s date? What do we put in the greeting? In the body, the first sentence tells why we are writing. The rest of the body tells the reasons that we are thankful. We end the letter with a closing and signature.


For Advanced Students:

Allow these students to write their own thank-you letters independently.

For Struggling Students:

Some students may have difficulty coming up with ideas. In this case, ask them to think of a time when somebody did something nice for them at school.

For ELL Students:

Provide these students with a copy of a thank-you letter with the five parts labeled.

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