A child's name is almost always the first word they learn to read.
Their name is personal. Special. And unique to them.
So it makes sense that the first way to help students make those important literacy connections is to use their names.
Here are some great ideas! We often read the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes to start our Names Unit. It is a great way to start talking about names!
Fruit Loop Names
I wrote their names in pencil and did one letter at a time with white glue. So cute!
I taped their names to the side of my filing cabinet - instant name center!
Name Building Cards
I use these name grids to not only make the name building cards (above) but also for students to practice writing and counting the letters in their names. Go HERE for the freebie!
During Math time we count how many letters are in our name and make a chart, sorting the students by how many letters there are in their names. Then we build a tower with the same number of cubes and compare those! Here is the editable blank name grid. It is a great way to integrate Math into your Language Arts themes!
I Know my Name
I made one of these for all of my students. It took a while! I haven't quite figured out to make the form editable with a PDF. So, if you would like one for each of YOUR students I can do that. I charge $5 per class (no more than 30) and will send you a PDF copy of your class names. Leave a comment with your email if you would like to set it up!
Students use the Dot Art stampers to go over my handwritten lines. They look so cute!
Paper Square Names
I lightly write student's names with pencil on black paper. I do one line of glue at a time and they glue on the paper squares. I love how the bright colors pop on the black paper!
Q-tip Dot Names
Students use bright colored paint to make dots with Q-tips. I have found that not only is this activity good for learning names, but it is a great fine-motor activity as well! The students have to use their pincher grip.
These are some of my favorite Name activities. What are some of yours??