Illuminations: How Many Letters Are in Your Name?

# How Many Letters Are in Your Name?

 Students review numbers 1 to 10 by counting the number of letters in their names and their classmates' names. They also write and order numbers. The class compiles students' finished product in a class book.

### Learning Objectives

 Students will: Represent numbers 1 to 10 verbally, in writing, and with manipulatives ? Use ordinal numbers to order their names according to the numbers of letters in them

### Materials

 Sentence strips with each student's name Scissors Blank sentence strips Construction paper Glue Photograph of each student (optional) Letters in My Name Cutouts

### Questions for Students

 Look at the names of students in our class. What is different about everyone's name? [They have different numbers of letters; some are long and some are short.] Point out a short name and a long name, and ask, "What is the difference in these two names?" [One is shorter or longer; one has fewer or more letters.] How did you find out what number you needed to finish your sentence? [counted the letters in their name] ? Is your name longer or shorter than your neighbor's name? [Answers will vary.] If we arrange our class book from shortest name to the longest name, whose name will be first? [Answers will vary, depending on the names of students in your class.] Show students the pages of the book. Ask them to complete this sentence: "If this is the first page, then our next page is the _________ page." [second]

### Assessment Options

 Use the Questions for Students to determine which students have an understanding of cardinal and ordinal numbers from 1 to 10. Listen for accuracy as each student counts the letters in his or her name. Use their completed name page to determine if the students were able to write the number of letters in their names. This information will be helpful in developing small or individual grouping for interventions or enrichment.

### Extensions

 Graph the number of letters in each student’s name on a class graph. This creates another tool for students to use when practicing counting and comparing their name with those of their classmates.

### Teacher Reflection

 Were students excited to work with their name? Were students able to cut apart the letters of their name successfully? Could each student glue their letters in the correct order to reproduce their name? Were students able to count the letters in their name correctly? Could each student complete their sentence by writing the correct number? Were students able to put the class book in order using ordinal numbers? Did the management of the supplies work well? If not, what would you change next time? Do students enjoy revisiting the book in their free time?

### NCTM Standards and Expectations

 Number & Operations Pre-K-2Count with understanding and recognize "how many" in sets of objects. Develop a sense of whole numbers and represent and use them in flexible ways, including relating, composing, and decomposing numbers. Develop understanding of the relative position and magnitude of whole numbers and of ordinal and cardinal numbers and their connections.
 This lesson was prepared by Deeanna D. Golden as part of the Illuminations Summer Institute.

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### NCTM Resources

 Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (Book and E-Standards CD)

 More and Better Mathematics for All Students
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