Unit Overview

Content Area:  Language Arts Literacy                    
Unit Title:  Friendly Letter/Welcome to Our School—A Transition from Elementary to Intermediate                   
Target Course/Grade Level:  Self-Contained/6th grade Inclusion/5th grade
Name:  Melissa Ingram, Stefanie Spak
School:  Pennsauken Intermediate School                             
Date:   April 2011                              

Unit Summary
In this unit, students will be introduced to the five parts of a friendly letter.  Students will learn what is included in each part, as well as its place in a friendly letter.  Students will learn how to use appropriate tone in letter writing.  This lesson includes a video clip, guided practice, and an independent writing activity.  The unit will conclude as a welcoming for the new, upcoming fifth graders next year as they transition from elementary to the Intermediate School.  Students will act as ambassadors to the fifth graders by writing personal letters and through a movie created to welcome the fifth graders to the Intermediate School.

Primary interdisciplinary connections
Technology, Media Literacy, Art

21st century themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

Unit Rationale
Students review the five parts of a friendly letter and then write a letter welcoming incoming students.  The purpose of the letter is to help the fifth graders transition into the Intermediate School.  The new students will come prepared with helpful suggestions and inside information from current students.  The letters tell about the students own first experiences in the Intermediate School and their favorite parts about their school.  Students will learn how to use tone, appropriate language, and letter structure for formal writing.

Learning Targets


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.

Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person's life story in both print and multimedia), de terming which details are emphasized in each account.

Unit Essential Questions

Unit Enduring Understandings

Unit Learning Targets

Evidence of Learning

Summative Assessment (X days)

Equipment needed

Teacher Resources

Formative Assessments

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1
How to Write a Friendly Letter  45 minutes

Lesson 2
Dear 5th Grader,
Write a Friendly Letter to an incoming 5th grader 45 minutes

Lesson 3
Dear 5th Grader,
Letter Generator—Publish final draft of Friendly Letter 45 minutes

Lesson 4
Script 45 minutes

Lesson 5
Roll the Tape!
Welcome to Our School—A Transition from Elementary to Intermediate School  60 minutes

Teacher Notes

Accommodations and Modifications will be made for students with IEPS.

Lesson Plan 1
Content Area: Language Arts Literacy
Grade: Self-Contained/6th
Inclusion/5th grade

Lesson Title: Friendly Letter
Timeframe: 45 minutes

Lesson Components

21st Century Themes
Civic Literacy
Global Awareness

21st Century Skills
Creativity & Innovation
Media Literacy
Communication & Elaboration
Life & Career Skills

Students will complete the following objectives with a minimum of 80% accuracy.

Learning Activities/Instructional Strategies
Daily Lesson Plans (5 days)
Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Formative Assessment Tasks
5 formative assessment tasks

Universal Design for Learning Options

Multiple Means of Representation

  1. Perception (Wordle: A toy for generating word clouds from text that you provide. This reinforces key vocabulary words, developing vocabulary lists, and components of a friendly letter. )
  2. Language & symbols (Voki: A text to speech generator that allows the student to create a personal speaking avatar. Avatars are created for the students by the students, and are used to read text and present visual information.)
  3. Perception (Glogster: A creative way to represent a group of words and ideas. This reinforces key phrases and words.)

Multiple Means of Action and Expression    

Multiple Means of Engagement