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Student of the Day: Create Sound/Letter Understanding With Names

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Multiple 10- to 20-minute sessions (one session per child)

International Literacy Association



From Theory to Practice



Students can learn to identify letters and words by exploring one another's names and other words. Each student gets to be "Student of the Day," and the class will explore his or her name and life. Students will learn which letters are in their classmate's name, as well as the words for their friend's hobbies and favorite things. Students will be encouraged to draw and write messages to each other on a daily basis.

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Wagstaff, J.M. (1998). Building practical knowledge of letter-sound correspondences: A beginner's Word Wall and beyond. The Reading Teacher, 51, 298–304.

  • Children benefit from the development of self-monitoring and searching behaviors when beginning to read and write.

  • Wordplay activities can build students' phonemic awareness and knowledge of letters and sounds.


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