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Keywords: writing, future, past, present
Subject(s): Writing, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar
Grades 1 through 4
School: Dozier Elementary School, Erath, LA
Planned By: Pamela Cheek
Original Author: Pamela Cheek, Erath
Dozier Elementary and the Vermilion Parish School District buried a fifty year Time Capsule. The second grade sections each wrote a letter (Dear Future) to students in 50 fifty years.

Goal: Students will be writing to future residents through a Time Capsule.

Time: One week

GLE's: Subject: Writing

a. Discuss past, present, future
b. Writing conventions
c. Higher order thinking skills (students will have to imagine new inventions, etc.)


1. Discuss past, present and future.

2. Show photographs, videos, etc. that showed life in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's. (Suggestion: Visit a local museum with artifacts from time periods might be a good idea.)

3. Brainstorm ideas about the future. What items might still be around. Which ones will not.

4. Students will write a "Dear Future" letter for those alive in 2060 to read. They will explain about their lives now.

5. Graphic Organizer: Component: Complete a four square writing template or interactive (graphic organizer) 4 Square writing interactive links, templates is included.

6. Writing: Use four square template to write rough draft (See Four Square Writing Link)

7. Type letters on the computers and/or blog it.

8. Take student photos and insert them in the letter.

9. Film students reading reports using flip camera.
Links: Four Square Writing Templates, Interactive
Dozier Elementary's Time Capsule Project
Student Writing
Graphic Organizer Interactives & 18 Literacy Strategy Site (Vermilion Parish)
Materials: Whiteboards, Flip Video, Point and Shoot, Portable, Hard Drives, Printers