Chrysanthemum is one of my favorite back to school books to read. Here is great activity for your students! It has them count how many letters are in their name and a friend's name. This a great way to incorporate math into literacy.
-How many letters are in your name?
-How many letters are in your friend's name?
-Who has more letters?
-Who has less letters?
-How many more letters are in your name than in your friend's name?