Ways to use junk mail in the classroom

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  1. NoviceTutor

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    Hi,
    I think it is called "junk mail". I am talking about the various advertisment papers that sent to various households. I was wondering if anyone has incoporated it as an activity in their classroom. Please share if you have any ideas at all.
     
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    Budgeting, grocery lists, money management, goal setting & planning

    Depends on the age of students, but there are a lot of real life connections that can be made using ads.
     
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    They're great for young students too. Good exploration of environmental print.

    I've been saving the fronts of snack and cereal boxes for this reason but never though about saving my junk mail.
     
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    Thank you Karebear76 and MissAnt for your great ideas. I have heard of the term "environmental print" before but never associate it with the advertisments. Now I am learning something new. Using the labels of snack wrappers or cereal boxes is also a new idea for me. Wow, I am impressed.
     
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    You can use the ads to teach persuasive text and persuasive writing. Examine the different techniques that are used to try to get someone to buy the product.
     
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    I save (and have my parents save) the envelopes that come in the mail with all of the credit card, insurance, etc. offers. My I keep them in my writing center for the kids to use.
     
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    For the younger kids I use them to do a variety of phonemic awareness activities.
     
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    I use the grocery store or food ads when we do our unit on healthy eating...We use the pictures for TONS of different activities to making balanced meals based on the food pyramid (which we will be changing this year due to the new design)...we chart healthy and unhealthy foods...During dental health month we make giant mouths or teeth out of white or brown paper and glue healthy foods on the white tooth and yucky foods on the brown tooth...so many possibilities with them...
     
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    If some of the envelopes are "window" envelopes, cut out the front of the envelope, glue a piece of construction paper with the same size "window" to the back of the piece you cut out, and you have an EZC reading strip very cheap! (the construction paper will strengthen it so it will last)
     
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    That is a great idea for a reading strip!
     
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    I can't claim it as I got it from someone else, but thanks!
     

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