Name Game Activities, Modeled Writing, Name Intervention, and Bag Full of Me!
The Name Game is one of the most powerful ways to teach not only academic language (uppercase, lowercase, syllables, vowels, consonants) but to help children understand that words, even their name, is made up of letters strung together to produce a word. Included in this product are 8 ways to work with a name in a whole class setting.
Modeled Writing-After a featured child's name has been worked with, that child is then interviewed for a whole class book. The interview is the same for every child. The sentence frames are started for you. This then becomes predictable text which is beneficial for early readers. I add a photo to the template I have included. There are color and black and white templates where the text is totally editable for you to add your own font if you wish. During the modeled writing, you are thinking aloud how to spell words with the help of your kids. This is a very engaging way to teach spacing of words, capitals, ending marks, and stretching out sounds in words, all while getting to know your students.
Also included are parent letter (editable), What's in a Name? (editable), letter to the reader (editable) for the first page of the class book, and the covers which you can add your class photo, name/grade, and school year. There is also a schedule that you can edit to let your parents know when their child is the Name Game kid of the day.
Lastly, A Bag Full of Me is a great "Get-to-Know-Me" activity, which I would give out prior to the start of school at a Meet Your Teacher or Open House day. It asks kids to fill a bag (provided by you) of favorite things, such as favorite snack, where they would bring the wrapper. Those items can then go up on a Portfolio Wall, which would be a space on a bulletin board dedicated to each child. Each week or every two, kids would get back work you have collected from them and they would choose a piece to display on the wall. Included are Select and Reflect forms that ask them to evaluate their work. Both the work and the reflection form goes up on the wall for all to view. The Bag Full of Me activity is perfect to do in conjunction with the Name Game interview as kids explain the contents while providing the others a chance to get to know them. Bulletin board letters are included on bunting, as well as stars that can have a photo or text added. There is also an editable parent letter that you can send home explaining the portfolio wall and how work will be coming home.
Lastly, I have included a Name Intervention for those kids who have difficulty with remembering and writing their name. The forms included allow you to add your own font for each letter of a name. There are forms for up to 10-letter names. I have included a sample indicating the font I used, which can be purchased here from Fonts4teachers. They trace the letters, make their name with your magnetic letters or letter cards you provide, cover and write it. Also, there is a template for you to make a name puzzle with a model you create for them to follow. This needs to be done daily.
With these products, you will start the year off right, getting to know your students and helping them along the way!
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