- Learn number concepts
- Recognize letters
- Record data
- Compare numbers
- Sheets of 1-inch graph paper
- 12"x18" construction paper
Set Up and Prepare
Send home a letter explaining to parents that children will be making a family name graph in school with the information they collect from home. Ask parents to make a family name list with their child. The parent and child can choose which members to include. This makes it easy for the children who may live in two different homes.
Step 1: Explain to children that they will make a number graph with the list of family names they made with their parent.
Step 2: On the lined graph paper, model for children a few names from their sheets. Show them how to place one letter in each square, then count how many letters the name has. Write the number in a square at the end of the name. Repeat the process until you feel children understand that they are to place a letter in each square and then count the letters. Pass out the 1-inch graph paper to children. Ask them to write their family names and count and record the number of letters in each name.
Step 3: Children can then cut the name strips apart and put them in order. Invite them to build a staircase beginning with the least amount of letters in a name at the top.
Step 4: Next, ask children to glue the family name staircase on a separate sheet of construction paper (12"x18"). At the top of the paper, you or the children can write Family Names.
Step 5: Bring everyone together as a class and discuss the graphs. Ask lots of questions to get children thinking. Which name has the least amount of letters? Which name has the most letters? Are any equal?
Remember: Young children are still working on one-to-one correspondence, so it's important to provide them with the 1-inch graph paper so the visual space can help them with organization.
Invite children to choose a partner to work with. Ask them to use their name tags (made by teacher or child) to build their first and last names. Place Unifix cubes in the meeting area and help children build their names. Encourage partners to compare their names. Who has the longest name? What letters do their names share?
Ask parents to have their child trace the feet of each family member. An adult may help with the tracing. Bring the tracings to class and cut the feet out. Ask children to put them in a patternCan they arrange them to go from largest to smallest? Can the feet fit inside one another? Can they put them widest to most narrow?