- 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
- Teacher works with groups of 8 to 10 children
- 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
- 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