Here's one of the bulletin boards that I made to display some of the postcards we received.
When I launched the project, I sent home a note with students (see example below). The note explained the project and gave the address of where to send the post cards. In addition, I sent the note via email so parents could forward it to their relatives and friends who lived in other states. To gain even further attention to our project, I posted a note on my Facebook page so my friends and relatives could participate. The outpouring of support was amazing!
One day we got all of these post cards in the mail!
We got so many postcards that I added another bulletin board to display them all. The support we received from relatives of our students and the community was incredible. We ended up getting a postcard from every single state! We tracked the number of postcards received from each state in a bar graph. So, not only did we tie in Social Studies to our postcard project, but math too!
After the project was over, I gave the postcards to all of my students. They got to pick out their favorites as keepsakes. If the postcard was from someone they knew, then they got to keep that one.
With this fun project, they learned so much about the United States (and I did too!).