Mail Delivery

By Activity Bank on Jul 16, 2013

When training for possible future employment, the functional skill of mail delivery gives students a valuable skill to take into the workplace. This hands-on activity teaches the following skills:

  • Sorting
  • Matching
  • Organization
  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Inserting
  • Counting
  • Money concepts
  • Community experience (mobility)
  • Social Interaction

Lessons include Math, Independent Living, and Social Skills.

Materials

  • Mail
  • Mail bag
  • Postage stamps
  • Address labels

Procedure

  • Provide a centrally located drop-off box for staff to place outgoing mail.
  • Provide students with a mail bag and have them bring the outgoing mail to the U.S. mailbox or the post office in the community. (This makes a good mobility lesson.)
  • Have students deliver incoming mail by placing the letters in the teachers’ mailboxes in the office/teacher’s room.
  • Encourage cooperative work jobs in which students work together on such tasks as sorting mail, stuffing and stamping envelopes, etc.
  • Assign responsibilities according to individual needs and abilities. A student who can read can sort incoming mail by name, while another student can put the letters in mailboxes.

Variations

  • Have students deliver phone messages to the school staff.
  • Parents can have students mail letters at home.

Hint: Related activities including sorting mail, stamping mail with postage stamps and address labels, and purchasing postage stamps at the post office.