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My Name Puzzle
Santa Rosa District Schools
*Note this lesson can be administered alone or as a follow up to lesson #4211 "Who Am I?"
Each student has a name puzzle (made by the teacher prior to the lesson) which he/she puts together. The student's first name is written in red and the last name is written in blue. The skills accomplished in this lesson are being able to identify their name and the correct spelling of same, following three-step oral directions, and listening skills.
The student listens for a variety of informational purposes, including curiosity, pleasure, getting directions, performing tasks, solving problems, and following rules.
The student follows three-step oral directions.
- Sentence strips for names of each student
- Red and blue marker
- Envelope for each student with name written on front of it.
- First grade handwriting paper for each student
- A basket or something to place the name puzzle envelopes in when students complete the assignment.
1. Give students an envelope with his/her name written on it by the teacher.
2. First name is written in red marker and the last name written in blue marker.
3. Give students his/her name written on sentence strips the same color by the teacher.
4. Cut sentence strips similiar to a puzzle. Cut between each letter and place the cut up pieces in his/her envelope by the teacher.
5. Give students a writing sheet with his/her name written on it for them to trace and practice writing.
1. This activity can be administered on its own or use as an extension to lesson 4211 "Who Am I"?.
2. Discuss the concept of a puzzle. Pieces are put together to make a picture or to make something whole.
3. Show the students the envelopes with their names written on the front.
4. Ask what they observe that is the same on all the envelopes.
5. Get student response.
6. Observe the first name is written in red and the last name is written in blue.
7. Pass out envelopes to the appropriate student.
8. Tell the students not to open the envelope until instructed to do so. Once all students have their envelope, have them gently pour the contents on their desk.
9. Instruct them to place the envelope on their desk in front of them with the name up for them to see.
10. Observe and discuss the two colors their puzzle names are written in.
11. Ask students to predict what they are to do with the pieces.
12. Get student response on their prediction.
13. Discuss and explain they are to put their name together not only spelled correctly but color coded correctly.Put all red letters together for first name and all blue letters together for last name.
14. Instruct them to look at their envelope with the name on it.
15. Demonstrate a students name.
16. Ask if anyone has a question.
17. Instruct students to raise hand when finished so you can check it for proper assembly.
18.Before beginning, review with the students the importance of listening and following directions. Discuss how the student can miss directions if he/she is not paying attention.
19. Next give three directions on what to do when assignment is completed. Instruct the students to put the pieces back into the envelope, place their envelope in the basket and pick up their writing paper to practice writing their name six times.Begin now.
20.Walk around and assist the students.
21. Check the students puzzle as they complete them.
22. Have the students do it a second time using the envelope if need be and check.
23. Instruct the students to complete the name puzzle one more time without using the envelope.
24.When finished with the writing of their name have them turn in the sheet and pick a book to read and remain quiet until everyone was finished.
Note-Someone always tries to put a red letter in the last name or a blue letter in the first name. They will say something is wrong with their puzzle. I have them look at the puzzle and see if they notice anything wrong with the color of the letters. They always figure it out.
*Note this lesson can be used consecutively with lesson #4211 "Who Am I?"
Observe that each student accomplishes the following criteria by checking the students as they complete the puzzle.
-Knows the concept of a puzzle
-Comprehends the instructions for putting the puzzle together
-Identifies his/her name on the envelope
-Arranges the puzzle in the correct order (the pieces will fit if correct)
-Observe students following oral directions on what to do after the puzzle has been completed.
Extension lesson once the students accomplish their Name Puzzle.
1. Recall the concept of a puzzle. Pieces are put together to make a picture or to make something whole.
2. Distribute the envelopes with the name puzzles inside to the appropriate student.
3. Remind them not to open the envelopes until they are instructed to do so.
4. Review steps on how to assemble.
-red letters are for first name
-blue letters are for last name
-look at the front of the envelope for assistance
5. Instruct them to swap envelopes with their neighbor (this depends on how your room is arranged)
6. Have them gently pour the contents on their desk.
7. Instruct them to place the envelope on their desk in front of them with the name up for them to see.
8. Explain they are to put their neighbors name together not only spelled correctly but color coded correctly. Put all red letters together for first name and all blue letters together for last name.
9. Instruct them to look at the envelope with the name on it if they need help.
10. Instruct students to raise their hand when finished so you can check it for proper assembly.
11. Ask if anyone has a question.
12. Begin now.
13. Walk around and assist the students.
14. Check the students puzzle as they complete them.
15. Instruct the students that upon completion and it has been checked by you, put all the pieces back into the envelope and put their heads down.
16. Explain to the students they are to swap the envelope with yet another neighbor.
17. Swap envelopes and repeat steps 6 through 16.
18. Repeat the swapping as many times as need be. This will depend on the time allotted and the students attention span.
19. Go to attached weblink for an ABC game that is a practice for the students.