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Pen Pal Party

Shelia Scofield
Bay District Schools


Students write letters to students in other areas of the state, country, or world focusing on using the correct friendly letter form as well as describing their lives and asking questions to learn about someone else's life.


The student writes for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes.


-List of Pen Pals which may be gathered from or


1. Prepare a list of possible pen pals. Pen pal names may be collected from another school in the state, another state, or another country. Pen pals can be obtained from or firn. edu under teacher projects.


1. Review with students the parts of a friendly letter on the overhead projector which are heading, greeting, closing, body, and signature.
2. Explain what a pen pal is and give students their pen pals' names and go over the pen pal rubric that will be used to assess their letters.
3. Students write their letters using rubric as their guide.
4. Students must have their letter edited by at least two of their peers prior to submitting in to the teacher.
5. Teacher will complete a final edit prior to the letters being sent.
6. As an extension, another lesson on addressing envelopes could be included and the students could then address their own envelopes to their pen pals and mail or give to the teacher to mail.


Assess students using the Pen Pal rubric in the attachment section of the lesson plan.


Students who receive replies can share them with the class on a bulletin board.

Web Links

Web supplement for Pen Pal Party
Weekly Reader

Web supplement for Pen Pal Party

Attached Files

This is a pen pal rubric developed for third grade students.     File Extension: pdf

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