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Turn Your Name Into Art

This lesson has it all! Uppercase and lowercase letters, reading and writing names, and best of all... art! This lesson will encourage your students to practice writing skills as they practice using capital letters when writing names.
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Students will be able use capital letters at the beginning of a name.

(5 minutes)
  • Display an alphabet chart or point to letters of the alphabet displayed in your classroom.
  • Ask students if they know what the two different kinds of letters are called. Allow for a few students to respond with ideas.
  • Say, “That’s right! We call some letters lowercase and some uppercase or capital letters. Sometimes we call the capital letters the “big” letters.” Point to a capital letter A and say, “This is the capital letter A. We use it at the beginning of a sentence and also as the first letter in a name.”
  • Demonstrate writing your name or a student name on the board, point to the first letter and say, “I used the capital letter [blank] to begin writing this name. What do you notice about the rest of the letters in the name? Right, the rest of the letters are lowercase. We use the capital or uppercase letter for the first letter in a name.”
  • Explain that today you will be practicing your handwriting skills as you make a name tag using a capital letter for the first letter in your name.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the alphabet with the class by singing the alphabet song while pointing to each capital letter on the alphabet chart or letters displayed in your classroom.
  • Demonstrate finding the first letter of your name (or use a student name) on the class alphabet chart by pointing to the capital letter as you say the letter name.
  • Tell the class that you are going to practice writing the capital letter by dipping your finger in invisible paint and writing it in the air. Model this for the class.
  • Write your name (or a student name) on the board and point to the first letter as you say the letter name and identify it as a capital letter. Point out the remaining letters in the name and that they are all lowercase.
(5 minutes)
  • Say, “Today we are going to create our own name art. First we need to practice writing the first letter in our names as a capital letter.”
  • Ask the students to think of the first letter in their names, then find that letter on the class alphabet chart as a capital letter.
  • Tell them to choose a color of invisible ink to use as they write their letters in the air.
  • Pass out the mini whiteboards and dry erase markers to each student.
  • Have each student practice writing their first name on the whiteboards. Ask them to hold up to show you when they finish.
  • Check that each student wrote the letters correctly, with the first letter capitalized and the remaining letters lowercase. Correct students as needed.
(20 minutes)
  • Explain that now students will get a chance to make their name into a piece of art.
  • Display the First Name Art worksheet and go over the directions. Tell students that they will need to carefully write the letters of their name before they may begin decorating the letters.
  • Demonstrate the name art process by writing your own name or fictional student name into the First Name Art worksheet and modeling how students should begin by writing the first letter as a capital letter in the box. Then model how students can use the art materials to decorate their name.
  • Pass out the First Name Art worksheets and invite students to begin working.

Support: Write the letters of a student’s name for them to trace on the First Name Art worksheet.

Enrichment: Encourage advanced students to create name art with their middle and last names.

  • Circulate around the room and check in with students during the independent work portion to ensure they are correctly using upper and lowercase letters.
  • When finished, students can share their name art with a partner. Ask students to find the capital letter and check that it is the first letter in their partner’s name.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to leave their name art on their desk or table. Then invite the class to walk around the room for a gallery walk to view the artwork.
  • Gather the class together and review when to use capital letters (first letter in a name, beginning of a sentence).
  • Display student name art in your classroom.

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