More Postal Service Fun

Did you know that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is one of the few government agencies expressly sanctioned by the U.S. Constitution? Did you know that, with its 656,000 employees, the USPS is the second-largest civilian employer in the United States or that they deliver 660 million pieces of mail each day? While you may not have thought so before, our country’s postal service offers a surprisingly delightful opportunity for learning and fun! To supplement history and facts, contact your local post office for a class tour. While many of your students have placed a letter in their mailbox, most can only speculate what happens after their postman/woman picks it up. Along with appropriate reading selections, older children might also enjoy videos on the creation and transformation of the USPS. One such video, provided by USPS, teaches audiences about the importance of zip codes for speed and accuracy.

A field trip to your local post office might not be appropriate for classrooms of younger children. “Not Just Cute” creator Amanda Morgan, offers a wonderful alternative for interactive learning. Through her “Mailing May and Mailing Me!” activity younger students will learn more about the postal system through literature and as they correspond with family and friends.

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