Today, I tried one of my favorite 4th grade activities with my 2nd graders. I read them the story, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. "Her name has 13 letters that is half of the letters in the alphabet."
Next, students had to write their name over and over putting one letter in each box until they filled the grid. Then, they colored their name using a different color for each letter. Once they were finished, they were to look for patterns in their names and their friends' names. Finally, we sorted them and graphed them. [Original idea from TEXTEAMS inservice.]
Today was all about graphing. We also completed our birthday graph. I wrote their name and birthdate on a birthday cake. They decorated it and brought it to me. I asked them to find the correct month. Once there was already a cake next to their month, I asked them to decided if their cake came before or after the other cake.
I will use both of these graphs to ask questions when we have extra time.
Last, but not least...I tried the Name glyphs yesterday. Today, I backed them with black construction paper and hung them up. I love the way they all look together.