Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

Demonstrate literacy behaviours that enable beginning readers to make sense of a variety of texts (#9).

Demonstrate an understanding of numbers, using concrete materials to explore and investigate counting, quantity, and number relationships (#15).

Collect, organize, display, and interpret data to solve problems and to communicate information, and explore the concept of probability in everyday contexts (#19).

Context

Teacher works with groups of 8 to 10 children.

This activity will be done at the carpet and at tables.

A strip of paper with the outline of the letters in each student’s name

The letters of each students’ name cut-out and paper-clipped to the strip of paper

Glue sticks

Number cards – the numbers one to 10 written on separate cards

Lesson

Discuss the idea that each person’s name is a puzzle, use your own name as an example matching the cut out letters to your strip of paper.

Hand out the strips of paper, letters and glue sticks, have the children make their “name puzzle” at a table.

Once all children have made a name puzzle, gather on the carpet and ask students to count how many letters are in their name.

Pull out cards with numbers on them on.

Hold up a number card and ask whether that number represents the number of letters in any of the students’ names.

When the number corresponding to their name is called, invite the student(s) to put their “name puzzle” on the floor under the number card with the appropriate number.

This will create a graph on the floor.

Analyze the graph by asking: “What number has the most names under it?” and “What about the least number of names?”

Ask about observations, “How many students have 8 letters in their name?”

Post the graph in the classroom and refer to it when appropriate.

Look Fors

Does the student recognize their own name when held up?

Do the students recognize the letters in their names and their sounds?

What order does the student glue the letters on?

Are the students counting accurately?

How do the students observe the graph? Do they see which group has the greatest number of people? The least number?

Extension

This activity can be paired with the Sorting Apples lesson for an exploration of graphs.