Guided Lessons

# How Many Letters?

Practise reading and spelling names in this maths infused writing lesson!
Need extra help for EL students? Try theHow Many Noses?Pre-lesson.
Need extra help for EL students? Try theHow Many Noses?Pre-lesson.

Students will be able to identify how many letters are in their names.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
(5 minutes)
• Write your name on the whiteboard or chart paper.
• Ask the students if they know how many letters are in your name.
(5 minutes)
• Demonstrate counting the letters in your name.
• Tell your students that different words have different amounts of letters in them.
• Point to the alphabet chart and find the letters in your name. Explain that the Alphabet chartIs a useful tool to use when looking for letters.
• Say, “Today we are going to count the letters in our names and practise finding those letters on our alphabet chart.”
• Display a chart with numbered lines (one to nine) and write your name on the chart. Ask students to point to the number of letters in your name.
(10 minutes)
• Pass out sentence strips and have students write their name on the strip. Have students count the number of letters in their first name.
• Invite students to tape their strip onto the number chart.
• Ask students to notice which number is the most popular. Have students notice some names are short and some are long.
(15 minutes)
• Pass out the Which Letter? worksheet. Ask students to colour in the letters in their names and record how many letters are in their names.
(5 minutes)
• Demonstrate counting the letters in your name.

Support:

• Prewrite a student name on a sentence strip and work with them to count the letters and identify each letter on the alphabet chart.
• Work with a smaller group of students to find the total number of letters in the same words (e.g., class or apple).
• As a group, practise one-to-one correspondence when counting.
• Review numbers names and counting as needed.

Enrichment:

• For advanced students, have them complete a worksheet for their middle and last names in addition to their first name.
• Encourage students to use complete sentences when sharing with a partner.
• Ask students to practise prediciting the number of letters in their middle and last names.
(5 minutes)
• Collect the worksheets and assess if students were able to accurately find and count the letters in their name.
• Students can switch worksheets with a friend and count the letters in their friend’s name.
(5 minutes)
• Encourage students to count and spell the letters in their family members names at home that night.
• Remind students that using an alphabet chart can help them to identify letters and letter sounds.