FutureMe.org makes it easy to send yourself an email that will be delivered on a future date. What a great concept! I tried it out, and it actually worked as promised. One day I received a strange email addressed, "Dear Future Laura," and it was like being pulled into a time warp! Okay, that might be over-dramatizing things, but it was still pretty amazing to get an email from my past self. Sort of boggles the mind!
Before I tell you more, let me warn you that this website is not really appropriate for elementary students. There's a public part of the site that has uncensored "future me" letters for people to read, and you never know what you'll find there. There are sample letters on the right side of the letter-writing area that seem to be okay, but students should definitely be supervised while using the site. I probably wouldn't let elementary students use FutureMe.org themselves, but they could possibly write their letters in Word and you could have an adult enter them into the system later.
That being said, even if you don't use the website itself, you can still make use of the concept of writing a letter to yourself in the future. If I were using this with students, I would create a parent letter that explains the project and outlines options for participation. One option would be to allow their child to use the website in a supervised setting and have the letter delivered to either the parent's email or to the student's email address if they have one. Another option would be to have the teacher send home a copy of the letter in a sealed envelope for them to hand to their child on a specific date.
So how might you use this "future me" letter idea in your classroom? How about having them write a letter the first week in January and schedule it to be delivered on the last day of school? Or they might write a letter to themselves and arrange for it to be delivered on January 1st of the following year.
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I'd love to hear your ideas for having your students write "future me" letters. Please share your ideas here as a comment on this blog so that others can read your suggestions. Sometimes an idea shared by one person will spark a new thought in someone else. I look forward to your suggestions!