Recently Gulliver’s mom went to some local classrooms to read to students and answer questions. The number one question was “why was Gulliver grounded?” from the postcard below. Gulliver is still able to travel but his magic carpet is on time out, so he has to figure out other sources of transportation. The story behind the punishment remains between Gully and his mom, but trust me, it was bad behavior!
Hello! I am Sasha, Gulliver’s little sister. He asked me to write to you because he has been grounded and is not travelling. He apologizes for not sending postcards. Look at today’s postcard – – the address is always on the right, under the stamp. First the name, then the street address, next line is city and state, and finally a postal or ZIP code. Some countries use a different order where the city is listed before the street name. Each piece of mail requires a stamp which is postmarked from the area it was mailed from, along with the date it was mailed. What would you write on a postcard?
Way, way back, when my great grandfather’s father was a kitten at the turn of the last century (1901) automobiles (horseless carriages) were still a new form of transportation. They put the kitten in a basket for a short trip across town to see family, and then drove at the top speed of the car – 6 miles per hour! He was car sick, and hated the horn blowing which was used at every curve and intersection to warn people they were coming. No one had training on how to drive, or a license. The first state to require license plates on cars was New York, and the car owner’s made their own plates which were the two or three initials of the owners names.
I’m so excited about celebrating National Postcard Week with classrooms exchanging hand made postcards with each other. One class used their skills to type their research of San Juan Bautista Mission, another wrote about their favorite books. Here is one teacher’s comments:
Hopefully, it was okay to add a fake address and a general name like cool kid or lucky student. Writing out the postcards was a teaching tool for me today. Only 3 students had wrote postcards before so this was an excellent teaching time for me. I was teaching them if they ever had to write a postcard in the future they would know what to do. We even drew a fake stamp on the postcard. Ms. H.