Lesson plan

How Many Letters?

Practice reading and spelling names in this math infused writing lesson!
Need extra help for EL students? Try the How Many Noses? pre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Grade Subject View aligned standards
Need extra help for EL students? Try the How Many Noses? pre-lesson.

Students will be able to identify how many letters are in their names.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Write your name on the whiteboard or chart paper.
  • Ask the students if they know how many letters are in your name.
(5 minutes)
  • Demonstrate counting the letters in your name.
  • Tell your students that different words have different amounts of letters in them.
  • Point to the alphabet chart and find the letters in your name. Explain that the alphabet chart is a useful tool to use when looking for letters.
  • Say, “Today we are going to count the letters in our names and practice finding those letters on our alphabet chart.”
  • Display a chart with numbered lines (one to nine) and write your name on the chart. Ask students to point to the number of letters in your name.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out sentence strips and have students write their name on the strip. Have students count the number of letters in their first name.
  • Invite students to tape their strip onto the number chart.
  • Ask students to notice which number is the most popular. Have students notice some names are short and some are long.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out the Which Letter? worksheet. Ask students to color in the letters in their names and record how many letters are in their names.
(5 minutes)
  • Demonstrate counting the letters in your name.

Support:

  • Prewrite a student name on a sentence strip and work with them to count the letters and identify each letter on the alphabet chart.
  • Work with a smaller group of students to find the total number of letters in the same words (e.g., class or apple).
  • As a group, practice one-to-one correspondence when counting.
  • Review numbers names and counting as needed.

Enrichment:

  • For advanced students, have them complete a worksheet for their middle and last names in addition to their first name.
  • Encourage students to use complete sentences when sharing with a partner.
  • Ask students to practice prediciting the number of letters in their middle and last names.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect the worksheets and assess if students were able to accurately find and count the letters in their name.
  • Students can switch worksheets with a friend and count the letters in their friend’s name.
(5 minutes)
  • Encourage students to count and spell the letters in their family members names at home that night.
  • Remind students that using an alphabet chart can help them to identify letters and letter sounds.

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