This activity is a follow-up to the story Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. I read this story at the beginning of the year as an introduction for everyone to get to know each other. After reading the story, the children complete the Name Math sheet to gather data about their names. This activity addresses the following Math and Language Common Core Standards.
1. The students will make and solve an addition sentence based on the letters in their name.
CCSS-K.OA.A.1 CCSS-1.OA.C.6 CCSS-2.OA.A.1
2. The students will count the number of syllables in their name.
3. The students will think of a shape or shapes that correlates in attributes to the number of letters in their name. Here are some examples: Tia could draw a triangle as the shape has 3 angles or sides and Tia has three letters. Jack may draw a square, rectangle, tangram, etc. to show his name has four letters as these shapes have four sides. James may draw a star or pentagon to show five. Michael may draw a triangle and a square to get to seven.
CCSS-Geometry-K.G.A.2 CCSS-Geometry-1.G.A.1 CCSS-Geometry-2.G.A.1
4. The student will compare their name to Chrysanthemum’s name. They will write their name in the blank circle of the venn diagram. In the middle of the venn diagram, they will write any common letters the two names have. They can write the letters that are different in each circle. CCSS-Math Content-Data-1.MD.C.4 CCSS-Math Content-Data-2.MD.D.10
5. The student will look for and write words using the letters in their names. CCSS.ELA-Literacy-RF.K.3.c CCSS.ELA-Literacy-RF.1.3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy-RF.2.3
6. The students will use their results to complete class graphs that will look at number of letters in a name; most common math sentences; most common number of vowels or consonants; most common shapes selected; number of words in a name; and any other graphs you and your students see from the data collected.
In summary, this activity integrates language arts and math into fun and challenging activity. It helps students see that data can be gathered from the same subject but used for different purposes. It also teaches the students to look at math in more than one way, but to see math opportunities in everything we do. I hope you enjoy and please let me know what you think so that I may continue to create and share.
Graphics for this activity are from www.scrappindoodles.com and www.mycutegraphics.com