Letter Writing Unit: Teaching Letter Writing Through Picture Books

16 March 2013
I have finally finished revamping my Letter Writing Unit and it is now 120 pages long!  It is Common Core Aligned for kindergarten, first, second, and third grade.  I have added a ton more crafts and prettied up my letter writing papers.  I have also added editable text boxes to some pages of the PDF (I caved and went and bought Adobe Pro).

I hope you check out the packet on TpT, just click the photo images.  As always, feel free to pin anything in this post and scroll down for a mini-giveaway!

I have included to versions of the "Parts of a Friendly Letter" posters.  One relating it to a person and another basic one.  Both are also included as student versions. 

These are my two favorite Tooth Fairy books: Dear Tooth Fairy by Alan Durant and You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

The adorable Tooth Fairy clip art is by Lita Lita and it is free!  I asked her permission to make a craft inspired by it.  I think they came out pretty cute!  

This letter made me laugh!

I was observed using this lesson.  Our district has adopted the Danielson Framework for observations.  I have included my Common Core Aligned Formal Lesson plan and my Pre-Observartion Planning form in the packet.

Dear Mr. Blueberry is actually a book in our second grade reading series.  I passed this activity on to them.  I really love this book and how patient Mr. Blueberry is with Emily.


You all know I love my animals!   This activity is a favorite of mine and great for voice!  I start by reading Help Me, Mr. Mutt by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel.  I follow up by reading other books which showcase "Cat vs. Dog" voice.  Here are a few of my favorites: My Big Dog by Susan Stevens Crummel, and  I am the Dog, I am the Cat by Donald Hall.

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin is a great book for persuasive letter writing.

I utilize her follow up book, Giggle, Giggle Quack, to have the students write letters to a sub pretending they are the teacher.  The result: ridiculous plans for the day! 

Some other popular books utilized as mentor texts in this packet:

I have included a two page bibliography with many more books and links!  

Now for the mini-giveaway:


  1. My fingers are crossed! This unit looks amazing and I already have most of the books.

  2. Wow!! What an amazing unit!! =) Jared's letter is priceless!
    Sister Teachers

  3. This looks killer, Erica! I'm pulling out all my lucky charms!

    ~ Ms Apple Blossoms
    Apple Blossoms

  4. WOW!!! This looks like such a fun unit!!!

  5. I think you did it a good job! It looks lovely!!!!


  6. Looks great! Love all of the books:0)

  7. Wow! This looks awesome! So many fun ideas. Love the Tooth Fairy stuff!

  8. I think I am in letter writing love! It is on my wish list just in case I don't win, but let's think positive!


  9. Love this post! I am so happy to follow you. Thank you for sharing all the greatness.

    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  10. I LOVE the way those tooth fairies came out! I'd love to do that when I do dental health with my first graders. Thanks for a fun giveaway!


  11. Wow! I am so impressed with the integration of literature into this unit. Awesome job, Erica.

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  12. What a great unit! My kids LOVE Doreen Cronin.

    K-3 Connection

  13. You are so creative and have so many great ideas. I love following your blog as you are inspirational in my own journey to blog and create.

  14. Lots of favorite texts and super activities:)
    Fingers crossed!
    The Resourceful Apple

  15. Thanks for creating this awesome unit. I love the texts that you have integrated!

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep

  16. Wow Erica! This pack is fantastic! You did such a great job and put so much effort into the creation. I love all the books you included! Now I have more to add to my wishlist!


  17. truly amazing!! love your ideas!!


  18. What a great pack! I love how the tooth fairies came out! Thanks for the shout out! :)

  19. This is a fantastic unit! I purchased it last month and have used many of the activities for my letter writing unit! My kids LOVE the MR. Mutt activities... They laughed so hard and have had so much for sharing their advice! I even let them choose to be other animals than the dog... but the all HAD to have the "Queen" be part of their letters! I am excited to redownload and check out the newly added activities and pages! Thanks Erica!

    Ms. Emma's Edventure

  20. Looks amazing! Thanks for always sharing your wonderful ideas with us!

    ~Heidi V.

  21. Incredible!! I would love to have this and your creativity is beyond impressive. Inspiring!

  22. Wow! I am in love with this unit, it is jammed packed with activities for some of my FAVORITE books to teach letter writing!!

    Survivng the Little People

  23. You are without a doubt, UBER talented and creative. This pack looks awesome!

    First Grade and Fabulous

  24. You are ridiculously talented and your work inspires me to keep creating great materials. Your scholars are lucky to have you! I am huge on writing in my class and I love how you incorporate a lot of art to go with it. It makes it so much more fun for the kiddos. Keep up the amazing work!

  25. You will LOVE Adobe Pro! I purchased it a couple months ago with the student/educator discount -- soooo much cheaper. Plus, it is still the full version! Gotta love that!

    Mrs. Sharp's Kindergarten


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