Mail Delivery

By Perkins eLearning on Aug 19, 2015

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Susan N. Edwards and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

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.

mail delivery collage