Opportunities for lessons abound with the announcement of upcoming stamp issues by the United States Postal Service. Topics from history, journalism, culture, religion, geography, literature...I think you get the picture. I know my wife has incorporated certain stamps and their subject matter into her lesson plans and you can too.
Take the time to check out the the new selections at http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/allnews.htm. Click on the Dec. 27th release and you can see the number of quality stamps to choose from. Last year, Oklahoma statehood was celebrated on a stamp and Governor Henry was first in line to get a couple of sheets of the issue.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm a letter writer, and introducing stamps into a writing lesson can be a good way to motivate students to learn about "the lost art of letter writing." The phone and email have changed the way we communicate with one another, but that doesn't mean we can't teach our kids how to write letters and experience the joy of receiving them too.