Wish You Were Here
Social Studies Activity
Children will take a closer look at the world just outside
their doors and share their experiences with their
WHAT YOU NEED
- 8" x 5" cards cut from oak tag
- Different kinds of stickers (optional)
- Colored markers and crayons
WHAT TO DO
- Have children talk about some everyday kinds of trips
that they have taken. To get them started, suggest places
such as the mall, the supermarket, the dentist's office, a
neighbor's house, or even their own backyards. Explain to
children that sometimes surprising things can happen in
ordinary places. One way to share these trips is to make a
post card that shows and tells about the experience.
- Give each child one 8" x 5" card to turn into a
post card. You may wish to pass around examples of post
cards in case some children are not familiar with the
- On the left half of one side of the card, tell children
to write about a place, such as one they talked about in
their discussion. On the right half of the same side have
them address the post card to a classmate. (You may wish to
review address writing with children.) They can draw their
own stamp or use a sticker. On the other side of the card,
have children illustrate their "trip."
- Children can hand deliver their post cards or slip them
into their classmates' desks or cubbies. Later you may wish
to collect all the post cards and store them in a special
box so that other children can browse through them during
their free time.
- Children with email accounts and access to graphical
WWW browsers may wish to create and send a post card
electronically. To do so, guide to one of the following free
Internet postcard services.
Note that you should review all postcards
in advance. These sites are not specifically for children.
The Electric Postcard
The Electric Postcard is a free WWW service that allows you to choose
a postcard with any of several different themes, from Insect Drawings
to Van Gogh paintings, and write a message on it to a friend, using a
simple form. Electric Postcard will notify the postcard recipient via
email to go to the Electric Postcard Pickup Window to view the
personalized postcard and message. The Electric Postcard was designed
and is maintained by Judith Donath at the MIT Media Lab.
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