Blank Postcards is a template available for free download on
Teachers Pay Teachers. The template provides black/white and full color
postcard templates for use in the classroom as an activity or as part of a
writing center. There are two types of templates – a big postcard and a small
one. The big postcard is a full 8.5x11 page, and the smaller ones are
quarter-sheets. There’s a black/white and a color page for each size. The
templates are designed as a resource and there is no prescribed assignment in
the downlaod itself.
Ostensibly the postcards are for writing activities, but the
potential applications for the postcard templates are boundless. Students can
pass the time writing postcards at the writing center, sure, but teachers could
also spin all sorts of creative writing and creative nonfiction assignments
from this little template. Because it looks like a real postcard, with the
“picture" side blank, teachers could incorporate a visual element as well –
including visually oriented writing activities, like an acrostic poem or even
shape writing! It wouldn’t take long to come up with several ideas for using
A neat extension could be to mail these postcards to a real
destination – perhaps a student’s home, a pen pal, or another relevant
destination. There are potential cross-curriculum applications here, as well,
including anything from geography to math. Printing the template on a thicker
paper or cardstock should be sufficient to get a set of mail-worthy postcards.
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