Postage Stamp Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is a postage stamp and what role do they play in mail delivery? This lesson plan explains the purpose and function of postage stamps to students using visual aids and a guided discussion. An activity gives students a chance to create their own postage stamp.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what a postage stamp is
  • discuss the function of a postage stamp
  • list the parts of a postage stamp


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).


Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.


Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.


  • A sealed envelope labeled with an address and a return address, but no stamp
  • Assorted canceled stamps, old and new, including some from different countries if available
  • A bowl or other container
  • Assorted junk mail
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors

Key Vocabulary

  • Postage stamp
  • Design
  • Issuing country
  • Face value
  • Inscription
  • Imprint
  • Year of issue
  • Serration
  • Stamp frame

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