- a variety of writing materials including index cards or sentence strips, lined paper, pencils, markers, crayons, dry erase boards and pens, chalk and chalkboard
- alphabet stamps and stamp pad
- plastic cups or containers to hold writing tools
- pocket or attendance chart
Objective: Children will use a variety of materials to write their names as a way of documenting daily attendance.
In Advance: Set up an area near the entrance of the classroom with materials that children can use to "sign in" each day. Make picture/name cards for each child. Place the name cards in a basket in the "sign-in" area. Tell both children and family members about the sign-in materials and describe how they should be used. Vary the materials that they will be using to sign in each week. Keep samples of their writing in their portfolios to document their development.
Create a form that lists the name of each child in the classroom. Write the names large enough so that children will be able to distinguish their names easily. Leave a space beside each name so children can make a mark next to their name indicating that they are present. Place pencils and markers in the area for children to use. Children can refer to their picture/name cards to help them to identify their names on the list. Review the forms with the group during morning meeting time.
Create another class sign-in form, leaving enough space for each child to write his name beside his name on the form. Place a cup of pencils beside the list for the children to use.
Place index cards or sentence strip cards in a basket in the sign-in area along with pencils, pens, or markers. Ask children to write their names on the cards when entering the classroom. They can refer to their picture/name cards if they need to copy their name. Encourage children to decorate their names or add a drawing if they choose. Invite them to place their names on the attendance chart or in a pocket chart to review during meeting time.
Sign in Big:
Place a dry erase board and markers, a sturdy easel with chart paper, or a chalkboard and chalk at the entrance of the classroom. Invite the children to write their names on the boards or paper when signing in. Move the boards or paper to the meeting area to review during the classroom meeting.
Place alphabet stamps, a stamp pad, and paper in the sign-in area. Invite children to use these materials to write their names for morning attendance. Include decorative stamps for those who may want to personalize their names.
Curriculum Connection: Family Involvement
Family Signatures. Explain to the class that when someone writes her name, she is writing their "signature." Invite them to look at how they each write their signature. How are they alike and how do they differ? Now invite them to ask their parents or guardians to write their signature. Place the signatures in a pocket chart or on the wall. Encourage children to describe what they notice about the ways people sign their names.BOOKS
Jambo Means Hello: A Swahili Alphabet Book
by Muriel L. Feelings
(Dial Books, 1992)
Richard Scarry's Little ABC
by Richard Scarry
(Random House, 1998)
by Daniel Moreton and Samantha Berger