Name activities for kindergarteners are fun! Kids just love their names and any activity that includes their name is going to be engaging for them. Once you get your class list, it would be a good idea to type them all up on colored paper and laminate them. You can use these names in so many ways to teach ABC letters and print concepts.
These names and a pocket chart can be used in a variety of ways. Recognize your own name, sort by color, sort boys and girls, place in ABC order, order by number of letters in the names, etc…
When teaching syllables, names are a great way to do it! Students love to see how many claps they each get and who has the most.
Student names can be used to teach beginning letter and ending letters in a word. You can have students find capital letters and notice they come first in names.
Building charts with easy sight words and student names are great for beginning readers. They can circle each word and count them. Have them use a pointer to touch and read each word for one to one matching.
Other ideas for charts using student names:
* take pictures of each individual student, use pictures to match in a center with student names
* search names for specific letters
* draw a letter card- can you find a name that begins with this letter?
* using a pointer- touch and read the name chart
A lot of the charts can be placed into centers after learning the activities in whole groups.
But what do you do about the students who come to school not knowing the letters of their name or not able to recognize and write their name? Send home this free It’s All in the Name activity!
It’s All in the Name includes a parent letter with directions and activities to do with the letter cards with their child to help them learn the letters in their name. It even includes an assessment for later! You can get this free resource by clicking here!
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