This name art activity is perfect as a first week or back to school ‘learning our names’ art activity and is a fun way to kick off the year with young preschoolers or kindergarten students. This name art activity is designed as a mobile and is super easy to use. I have made this art adaptable to be used by almost every teacher with every budget. You can use this template with alphabet stickers, alphabet stamps, foam letters, or the enclosed letter tiles. Students can either color the letters or cut them out themselves to build their name on the pencil OR the teacher can photocopy the letters on colored paper and have them pre-cut on a paper cutter ahead of time for the students.
Here is what is included
• 4 different black and white pencil template that have 3 punching hole marks to show where to punch the holes
• 4 different black and white pencil template that DO NOT HAVE the punching hole marks so you can use them for other purposes
• 2 color pencil templates- one has hole marks and the other does not
• 1 sheet showing all the letters in capital and lowercase format- there are extras from vowels and some consonant
• Head and hand templates on one sheet
• Glue, notebook and crayon cut outs (students write the beginning letter in their name on the glue, draw one thing that starts with the same sound as their beginning letter on the notebook and write the number that says how many letters are in their name on the crayon
IF YOU ARE TEACHING AN AMERICAN CURRICULUM, THIS ART ACTIVITY CAN BE INCORPORATED INTO A NAME TEACHING UNIT TO MEET THE FOLLOWING STANDARDS:
RF.K.1a-Follow words from left to right, top to bottom and page by page when writing.
Names and words are written from left to right in the English language-using letter tiles/stickers to spell our names
RF.K.1b-Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequence of letters.
*Using our names to differentiating between individual letters and words and to understand that words are made up of a sequence of letters put together.
*I can spell my name using sticker letters using teacher support from left to right
*I can attempt to sound the individual letters in my name as I join each letter together to spell my name.
LK.5a-Sort common objects into categories to get a sense of the concepts of the categories represent .
Sorting our names into categories: All the words represent classmate’s names
LK.5c-Identify real life connections between words and their use
Understanding that ‘names’ are used to identify individuals and that there are many different names and that some people or many people can be named by the same name.
SLK.1a-Follow agreed upon rules of discussion– listening to others, taking turnsTalking about our names– how they are similar or different, identifying the beginning sound in our name, learning that names are individual words.
LK.6- Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly
I can contribute to the classroom discussion by responding to direct questions about our names and speaking clearly while expressing my ideas about names.
RF.K.2- Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables and phonemes.
My name is a word that is made up of single letters that together make my name sound as it is(isolating the sounds in a name (/s/-/a/-/r/-/a/)
RF.K.2d- Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial and final sound in CVC words orally. Initial sound isolation is one’s name (example Ahmed- /a/)
RF.K.1a-Follow words from left to right, top to bottom and page by page when reading
I can read my name from left to right with teacher's support using the sounds I know and getting assistance identifying the sounds I do not know
RF.K.3a- Demonstrate basic knowledge of one to one letter sound correspondence by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant
With teacher’s support, I can understand that my name is made up of individual sounds and learn thename and sound of the first letter in my name.
RF.K.3d- Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.
I can compare my name with my classmates’ names and find similarities and differences in the names that are similarly spelled to my own (ie: have the same beginning letter sound and other letters)
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