We have been focusing on names this week. One of our Everyday Math skills this week is creating a graph. We used letters of different fonts to spell our names then created a graph to show how many letters are in our names.
I started by bagging each students' name in a snack-sized bag. Students were given a strip of construction paper to glue their letters on. The letters are 1 inch by 1 inch, so I cut the strip 1.5 inches wide and 1 inch longer than the child's name (if the name is 4 letters long, I cut the strip 5 inches long).
Students then glued their letters in the correct order to spell their names. We used the letters below that I found at a Lakeshore Learning store.
We then counted the letters in each child's name and taped it to our graph. As we went, we discussed which column had the most/greatest, equal, least/fewest. My students loved it; they really seemed to understand making and reading a graph, and it looks great for Open House next week (a bonus!).