Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thank You Cards

Well, since our class "Winter Party" is scheduled for Thursday, and we still have school on Friday, guess what the kids are doing Friday morning!  We're writing Thank you notes!

At our class party, each child will be giving a gift to the class.  I will have a visitng parent write names and gifts on a paper (like at a wedding shower or a baby shower).  I'll type these up on little slips of paper, then on Friday, we'll go over the parts of the Thank You notes, and write them up.  The fun part is that they get to deliver them to each other in person! 
I think Thank You notes are a lost art.  But they are worthwhile and valued.

The parts of a Thank You note:
The Heading:  since this is a note, not a letter, all that's needed is the date, not an entire return address.
The Greeting:  Dear ______,  that's it!
The Body:  I was always taught that the body of a thank you note has two basic sentences. 
The first sentence is very specific:  Thank you for the _______.  The only time you're not very specific is when it's money or a gift card.  Then you just say thank you for the money. 
The second sentence tells what you are going to do with the item. 
It's ok to add another sentence or two, just friendly stuff, but those two sentences are essential to a thank you note.
The Closing:  Your friend,  Your classmate, Sincerely, or if you're writing to family... Love,
The Signature:  Your name.  That's it!

Enjoy writing your Thank You notes!


  1. Let us know how it went. I was thinking of having my students do something similar next month.

  2. I love it! Writing thank you notes is a lost art, unfortunately.

  3. Jason,

    My students loved it. Mostly, of course, because it meant they were writing notes to their friends and classmates, of course. They loved getting them as well as writing them!


  4. Teach 123,

    I agree, writing thank you notes is a lost art, but it's a valued art.


  5. Thank you so much for linking up at TBA, learning to writing thank you notes will help students now and as adults in the job market!
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