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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


Materials and Technology






  • Bulletin board

  • Crayons

  • Drawing paper (for each student)

  • Permanent marker

  • Scissors

  • Strips of paper

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1. Be sure to read the entire lesson first, as suggestions for Sessions 3, 4, or 5 may be helpful when analyzing the first couple of student names. This lesson's sessions are set up not so much to be followed day by day, as much as to provide you with examples of how you may handle different kinds of names (e.g., duplicates, same first letter, two of the same letters in a row, short versus long) To this end, the lesson also offers sample student names that provide clear examples of how you may handle different kinds of names.

2. Write each child's name on a sentence strip. If the name is short, cut the sentence strip to the appropriate length. You will be comparing the students' names with one another, and it will be important for the students to see the different lengths. Put the names in a bag.

3. Print one Getting to Know You handout for each session (for each Student of the Day).

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