# Using Names to Explore Graphing

## Curriculum Goal

#### 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.

## Materials

• 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.

## Related Lessons

Develop your students’ ability to identify and sort objects by different characteristics.

An introductory activity to get students thinking about sorting and learning about graphs.