# Using Names to Explore Graphing

#### Curriculum

• Demonstrate literacy behaviours that enable beginning readers to make sense of a variety of texts
• Demonstrate an understanding of numbers, using concrete materials to explore and investigate counting, quantity, and number relationship

#### Context

• Teacher works with groups of 8 to 10 children

#### Materials

• One strip of paper with the outline of the letters in each child’s name.
• All the names with five letters have the same length (i.e. longer name, longer strip of paper)
• Cut-out letters in their name paper-clipped to the strip of paper.
• Glue sticks
• Number cards – the numbers one to 10 written on separate cards

#### Lesson

• Demonstrate looking at the letters in your name
• People have puzzles that are their name
• “Now you get to make a puzzle of your name”
• Hold up each child’s name (strip of paper)
• *Look for: children recognizing their name
• Child takes strip of paper and letters to their table and glues letters on
• *Look for: letter recognition, confidence identifying and matching letters, the order in which children glue the letters on, discussion about the letters (i.e. “look I have two e’s”), fine motor skills – whether they trace the letter while gluing
• Gather on the carpet and ask students to hold their name puzzle in front of them
• Ask students to count how many letters are in their name
• Pull out cards with numbers on them o Hold up the number and ask whether anyone has one number in their name, etc.
• When the number corresponding to their name is called, invite them to put their name “puzzle” on the floor under the number card with the appropriate number. A graph will be created on the floor.
• *Look for children counting accurately
• Analysis of the graph
• Ask, “What number has the most names under it?”
• State the information: “Four people have eight letters in their name.”
• After everyone has had the mini lesson, fasten it to the wall with all their names in a place where children can naturally study it