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Snail Mail to Email, Oh How Life Has Changed

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While we used paper and pencil to write letters to our friends and family yesterday, today we are going to get techy and email a penpal. Email is amazing because we can email all over the world in a matter of seconds!

This activity is pulled from our Virtual ExCEL Camps happening summer of 2020! While these activities are written to fit into the larger lesson plan of the camp themes, you can complete them with your little one at any time. Learn more about our Virtual ExCEL Summer Camp here!

Appropriate Age Range: Jr. High

Materials Needed:

  • Computer, braille note, iPad or other device with email access


We have created an email for you all to email. The email is Begin with a short introductory conversation about yourself and ask questions of your new pen pal. Recall the proper letter writing etiquette from yesterday’s activity. Use that same format when writing a formal email. Emails also have a subject, make sure it pertains to the purpose of your email.


Learning how to write proper emails is important in this day and age because much of the communication you will do with teachers, employers, and other companies will be completed in this format. Take your time and think of how you will use this later. Be sure to check your email in a few days to see the responses. The fun of a pen pal is the responses you will get in a few days!



Heather Pichette-Spencer, Teacher of the Visually Impaired at Duval County Public Schools, FL

Jennifer Stelmach, Teacher of the Visually Impaired at Duval County Public Schools, FL and Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

Susan Drake, Special education teacher and student in VI college program at Missouri State University

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