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Winnie the Pooh Loves to Read, Too

Pamela Williams
Santa Rosa District Schools


This activity provides a purpose for reading, writing, and technology. It also instills a sense of pride in the students as they create birthday cards for a reading project in the community called, "Happy Birthday, Baby!"


The student prepares for writing by recording thoughts, focusing on a central idea, grouping related ideas, and identifying the purpose for writing.

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


-Computer with CD
-A greeting card software program, such as, Disney's Print Studio Software
-Paper for cards
-List with names & birthdays of babies
-List of words that can be used for creating messages on birthday cards
-Examples of pre-made birthday cards
-Step-by-step directions for students to follow


1. Computers with greeting card software, such as Disney Print Studio Software.
2. Type step by step directions.
3. Type a list of words for birthday messages.
4. Provide a rubric for punctuation and capitalization to each student. (See Associated File.)
5. Prepare two or three sample cards.


Provide the following directions to students at the beginning of the lesson:

1. Open greeting card software.

2. Click on Greeting Card. (press enter)

3. Click on front or inside of card and choose layout.

4. Choose graphic for front or inside of card. Press enter.

5. Read word list provided to help create birthday message.

6. Working in pairs, plan a message for the greeting inside the Happy Birthday, Baby card on scratch paper.

7. Share greeting with peers/teacher for feedback.

8. Click on text box, choose font and color, then type message for inside or front of card.

9. Click on part of card you have not created (front or inside) and repeat steps 4, 5, & 6.

10. Proofread all parts, make any necessary corrections, print, save on floppy and close file.

Inform students to self-assess the greeting cards using Rubric for Winnie the Pooh Birthday Cards. (See Associated File.)


Observe students performing basic skills of file management, like saving to a disc, and provide appropriate feedback.

Product-based: As students plan message for card in pairs, share feedback - peers/teacher. Students create a birthday card which is scored with a rubric. (See Associated File.) The rubric assesses use of language centered around birthdays. Students use a prepared list of words related to birthdays to plan their birthday messages. The birthday cards are delivered on baby's first and second birthdays along with a book to encourage reading in the family.

Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.

Attached Files

Rubric for Winnie the Pooh Birthday Cards     File Extension: pdf

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