1-2-3 Come Do Some Name Writing Activities With Me
“Elmer” by David McKee, is a wonderful story about the beauty and importance of diversity. This colorful, patchwork elephant, enjoys making others happy and is an instant favorite of my students.
Inspired by this heartwarming character, and because I’m always looking for quick, easy and fun ways for my students to practice writing their names, I designed some name writing activities featuring a patchwork elephant.
The packet includes:
* Several posters
* 5 worksheets
* 3 different name cards as well as . . .
* Colorful name tags
* Several games plus . . .
* 3 super-cute craftivities
The mosaic letter craft is a personal favorite.
When everyone is done, children choose their favorite color to glue their creations on. Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.
My Y5s absolutely love painting with watercolors. It's an easy-peasy center for me, so I created an elephant watercolor craft using a coffee filter.
Writing their name with sidewalk chalk outside the school, is also a super-fun activity for your students.
The other name craft is a "so proud pennant". Children write their name on the pennant color of their choice.
They color the patchwork elephant however they want, then attach the pipe cleaner "staff" around his nose.
The pipe cleaner can be bent up a bit so that this is a free-standing place marker, or keep them flat and scatter them on a bulletin board.
Besides these craftivities, the packet also includes . . .
* 5 options for a class-made name booklet with inside pages plus covers.
There are two, 2-on-a page booklets. The one pictured in the mosaic craft, as well as this one, which features a child's favorite color as well.
My personal favorite is the big "color me" elephant featuring a child's initial. And finallly, I've also included ...
* A mini certificate of praise.
For more name writing practice, check out this other name writing packet in my TpT shop which makes a super keepsake.
As long as my students were learning to write and recognize their names, I decided to make practicing especially fun, with this assortment of activities.
Since some of my kiddos came in with just a scribble, I also wanted to show their progress and how much they had improved by the end of the year.
I needed a simple assessment tool for the beginning of the year as well, to see where my students were at, that was also fun for them and easy for me.
With these things in mind, I designed several monthly keepsake booklets specifically for name writing practice.
Finally, I created a "color-me" name writing practice packet too, because my kiddos are simply too young to keep track of a portfolio, and I don't need more work collecting and filing "stuff" for it.
Because coloring is great for strengthening those weak finger muscles, I drew "color me" pictures for each month and put 2-on-a-page to make a "just the right size" booklet.
At the end of each month, they write their name on the appropriate page and give their best effort coloring the seasonal picture.
The booklet provides a wonderful look at the progress children are making, and is perfect to share during conferences.
At the end of the year my students have a wonderful keepsake to take home.
Today's featured FREEBIE is from my Name Writing Activities With An Elephant packet mentioned above.
I've pulled the reminder poster, the "Don't get behind practicing" name cards, plus the 2 "trace me" alphabet bookmarks (one with uppercase letters, the other with lowercase). Use them for practice, then later as an assessment tool.
Click on the picture to zip on over to grab today's FREEBIE: Name & Letter Practice With An Elephant.
Well that's it for today. I'm happily snuggled in my office creating new stuff, as a storm rages outside my window.
We so needed the rain and I love the sound of the thunder. Wishing you a refreshing and relaxing day.
"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." -Unknown
1-2-3 Make A Keepsake Name Booklet With Me
My Y5s were simply too young to keep track of a portfolio, and I didn't need more work collecting and filing "stuff" for it, so instead, to show my students' awesome progress, I designed what I call "monthly keepsake booklets".
Today's blog features two name writing activity packets. First up, is a very simple "color me" booklet.
Because coloring is great for strengthening those weak finger muscles, I drew pictures for each month, and for quick printing, put 2-on-a-page to make a "just the right size" booklet.
At the end of each month, students wrote their name on the appropriate page and gave their best effort coloring the seasonal picture.
The booklet provided a wonderful look at the progress children were making writing their name, as well as coloring.
It was perfect to share during conferences, and then at the end of the year, my students had a wonderful keepsake to take home.
In celebration, the last page of the booklet is a certificate of praise.
The other name writing packet, has 3 keepsake options for you to choose from, along with a variety of other name writing activities to make practicing especially fun.
The 1st option, is simply a 2-pager in both color as well as black and white.
Simply staple them together & have your kiddos write their name at the end of each month & then color the small picture.
Keep these in their writing folder or journal.
The 2nd option, is also a two-pager, but has 6 page strips on one page that children cut apart to make an Itty Bitty pencil keepsake name booklet.
Such as vowels, syllables, counting, comparing, word work, greater & less than, as well as simple addition.
Besides the keepsake booklets, there are also a variety of name-related worksheets.
Such as the three "find your name" worksheets, where teachers write everyone's name on a heart, gum ball, and star.
For another activity students "rainbow write", "stamp" & "cut and glue" their name. I've included a set of letter tiles to make this easy.
To get in a bit of ABC order practice, there's also an "alphabetize your classmates' names" worksheet.
My personal favorite worksheet, is the "I can write my name with a ...." (crayon, pencil, marker, pen, and piece of chalk).
Since apples are a big theme in September, I've also included several apple craftivities.
In the first activity, students find their name then give the apple 3 layers of "skin" to reinforce the fact that apples can be red, yellow & green.
I also made matching apple cards. Glue a student photo on one, and write their name on another to make Memory Match & "I Have; Who Has?" games, as a fun way for students to learn their classmates' names as well.
I do the other apple craftivity after we read Dr. Seuss's story "10 Apples Up On Top".
Students count how many letters they have in their name, then place that many apples on top of their head, which is either a photograph or self portrait.
The apples spell their name, and show either an AB-AB or ABC-ABC pattern. Older students can cut out the larger apple pattern, while younger kiddos cut squares & color them.
Children share their creations with the class, then color in the appropriate number box on the "How many letters in your name?" apple graph.
Completed projects make a sweet fall bulletin board.
The "Build your name" activity, where students color the construction bear and glue the letters in their name to the worksheet, as well as the "puzzle name" also make cute bulletin boards too.
Finally, another fun way for your kiddos to learn how to recognize & write their names, is my Spill & Spell game.
I write the letters of each students' name on colored Popsicle sticks & put them in a Snack Baggie. They spill them out & put their name puzzle together.
This simple game reinforces colors & counting too. Children can also pick a partner and compare their names.
I also pass out extra sticks so that everyone has 6; then I call out a shape and students arrange the Popsicle sticks to create whatever shape I ask for. It's a quick, easy & fun way to whole group assess.
Students can also practice making a variety of capital letters with their sticks as well.
This 50-page packet is just $2.95 in my TpT shop. Click on the link to pop on over: Name Activities & Keepsake Monthly Name Booklets.
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Well that's it for today. Mother Nature has decided to pitch a fit, delivering 40 degree temps today.
Brrrrr! I'm so not ready to give up the warmth of summer. Wishing you a snuggly day.
"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!" -Percy Bysshe Shelley.