Letter writing in the classroom
In this section, you will find background information about the student interactives provided on this website, as well as links to these interactives for easy navigation.
"Multimedia fun", in the student section, offers many opportunities for students to show what they have discovered by exploring the website, or to find out what they would like to learn more about. The interactives have been created to suit individual and small group work on PCs, or whole-class IWB activities.
You will also find suggestions on how to use these interactives in your classroom and how they complement the other content on this site.
Let's write a letter! Online interactive
This online letter writing interactive allows students to create their own personal or business letter by following a step-by-step guide. The interactive provides a sample letter and letter ideas, as well as hints for each step of the letter writing process. Once students have composed their letters, they can either save or print them.
Instructions are provided in the interactive, and as a printable PDF or HTML below, to assist you and your students.
A wonderful tool to use on an IWB as a whole-class introduction on how to write personal and / or business letters, as well as an effective way for students to learn how to write letters individually.
A personal letter – put it together
This drag and drop interactive is useful to see what students know about how to structure personal letters. Students need to drag and drop the jumbled "pieces" of the personal letter into the correct position. This can be done as a class IWB activity, or on an individual PC.
This interactive complements the "What's wrong with this letter?" and "Put the letter back together" student activity sheets in the teacher Curriculum support materials section.
A business letter – put it together
A drag and drop interactive which focuses on business letters. Students drag and drop the jumbled "pieces" of the business letter into the correct position. This can be used as a class IWB activity as an introduction to business letters, or on an individual PC.
Address it right
Another drag and drop interactive which focuses on addressing envelopes, front and back. Students drag and drop the jumbled address "pieces" into the correct position. This can be used as a class IWB activity to introduce the correct procedure for addressing an envelope, or individually on a PC.
Message in a bottle wordsearch
An online wordsearch using words from the student section of this website. Students need to find each word in the list, with the remaining letters in the wordsearch grid making up a secret message. Students can view an animation of a message in a bottle travelling to its destination.
Students should be encouraged to read the "About communication" and "About letters and letter writing" sections of their website, as they contain the words that make up the wordsearch.
This interactive can be used as a class IWB activity, or on an individual PC. Alternatively, you can print a PDF or HTML version of the "Message in a bottle wordsearch" (provided below).
The "Message in a bottle wordsearch" interactive is found in the student Multimedia fun section.
Augmented reality – about Chloe and Kurt
"Augmented reality", is the act of enhancing reality with computer-generated content that is activated by holding the "marker" (in this case, the Australia Post logo) in front of a webcam.
For "Augmented reality – about Chloe" and "Augmented reality – about Kurt", the viewer activates a virtual panel using imagery (the augmented reality markers are provided in PDFs below). This virtual panel contains pictures and descriptions of the characters which can be manipulated by the user in real time by moving the marker in front of a webcam.
These can be run on any PC with a webcam and are also effective displayed on an IWB. Remember that for these to work you must have a webcam, a reasonably well lit room and the printable "Augmented reality marker" PDFs (provided below).
"Augmented reality – about Chloe" and "Augmented reality – about Kurt" can be found in the student Multimedia fun section.
Letters and parcels – from posting to delivery
This eight-minute video explains the journey of a letter from being posted to delivery.
Students get a behind the scenes look at a sorting centre and learn about the issues that make letters or parcels less easy to sort and deliver.
The "Letters and parcels – from posting to delivery" video is found in the student Multimedia fun section.
Letterheads for download
In the student Fun with letters section and the Let's write a letter! Online interactive, you will find letterhead templates that are free to download. Either print the ones you would like your students to use, or ask your students to save them to their computers.
The letterheads have been created to reflect common themes such as birthdays, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and Australia Day. Other generic letterheads have been provided to encourage letter writing in your classroom.