On the first day of Math with my 2nd grade students (We swap classes for math) I read the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. After a brief discussion, I pass out the first page in this packet (printed on card stock). Students cut out the letters and we discuss how many letters are in her name. (13) We talk about how this is half of the alphabet. If you want to integrate Language Arts, you can even have them find different words or letter combinations in her name.
A variation to this is to give the students the 13 letters already cut out and challenge them to make a word using the letters. They love this!
Then, I give students the 2nd page in this packet. (you can actually just print out the number of squares you need for your class and give each child the correct number of squares for their name- card stock works best) They need one square per letter of their name. They are instructed to write one letter from their name in each square.
Next, they count how many letters they have in their name. We make a class chart like the one on page 4 of this packet. After making the class chart, you can have each student fill in their own chart by coloring in the corresponding squares.
Finally, we answer the questions on page 3 in order to analyze the data.