This place mat can be printed and mounted on colored construction paper then laminated to create the perfect sized nametag/ place mat for students Kindergarten-1st grade. The mat is chalked full of resources that will help grow students’ abilities to work independently. The size of the placemat helps students keep their materials in their space and not sprawled out all over the table. I love using the place during writing time to supplement the classroom word wall. For example, if a student is stuck on a word I can ask them what it starts with and then circle it (in yellow marker) on their placemat. Then the student copies down the word and moves on to the next part of their sentence. (*students easily wipe off the yellow marker after they are done) This gets student thinking about using resources around the classroom plus after I show them the word I can move on to another student needed help. I have added pictures that coincide with the Ants on an apple a,a,a song to correlate with letter of the week activities. DJ Inkers and clipart (Microsoft) were used in creating this product.