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Postcards Icebreaker

Students create postcards that reflect a summer happening. They use a pen name to sign it and the rest of the class has to guess who really wrote it.
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Please Note: this material was created for use in a classroom, but can be easily modified for homeschooling use.


  • Students will write and illustrate a postcard to a classmate about a summer vacation, camp experience, or other summer activity using a pen name.
  • Based on the information in the postcard, students in the class will try to guess each postcard's author.


  • Numerous slips of paper, each with the name of a famous person on it
  • 5" x 7" index cards
  • Art materials
  • Optional: a postcard planning sheet for each student


  1. Have students draw from a hat the name of a famous person for their pen name. (Famous writers or authors are a good choice.)
  2. Place all names back in the hat and have them draw the name of the famous person to whom they will be addressing their correspondence.
  3. Using one side of a 5" x 7" index card, have students write a letter from their vacation spot as if they were still there, detailing where they are and what they're doing.
  4. On the opposite side of the index card, have students draw a scene from their vacation and address it to the recipient.
  5. Collect and redistribute the postcards over any period of time.
  6. Have students give a presentation on the postcard they received, and allow the class to guess who – instead of Virginia Woolf or Mark Twain – really visited the Grand Canyon during the summer.

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