Class OnAir: Thank you

Direct Instruction

The learning intention for this lesson was for the students to learn and understand how to write a formal thank you letter to some of our camp helpers and volunteers.

The video shows class instruction on how to craft a formal letter. It also shows student discussion around who they were writing the letter to and why. These discussions were important for the students to have as it solidified the purpose and audience of these letters.

Extended plan here


I thought that this lesson went pretty well, the students were engaged and really wanted to write a thankyou letter to someone who helped them at camp. Next time I would give the students a few options of people to thank before we start the lesson. The students are getting better at sharing their ideas on camera there were just a few who had not done a lesson for Class OnAir before so were a bit more reserved in the conversations. If I was to do this lesson again I think I would tweak the writing template and make it a bit simpler and easier to follow as some of the students did get a little bit stuck.

Things to note

I had a few technical and space difficulties with this session, the video above it about the 3rd or 4th take of my student having to hear the first part of the instructions. I would have liked to add in some of the other angles but it was either too loud to hear anything or I again had cut the tops off some of the students heads.

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Week 9

WALT: write a formal thank-you letter.

Thank you to our Camp Helpers 2021.mp4


Last week we had an amazing camp at school. This week we are going to write a thank-you letter to someone who helped us at camp.

  1. Watch the video

  2. Make a copy of the template

  3. Complete the task

  4. Post on your blog

Teacher Notes

How to write a letter

Letter Template

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