I really like this project because it gets the kids writing LOTS without them feeling like they are writing lots. They have to identify with voice, use correct grammar, and practice significant creativity, especially for the younger children who can only write that they love Santa.
How many classes did we write to you ask? Sixteen. I think the average number of students per class is 21. We wrote about 335 letters in all. The best part of this? With the exception of the few that I wrote this morning, all the letters were completed in three school days, or eight class periods. I think that is pretty impressive, lots of fun and really good writing practice.
Now, maybe I can get back to writing what I want to write :)