Back to School Name Practice [free downloads included]

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Back to School With Name Practice

Hey there teacher besties! Today I am here to share some back to school names ideas! At the beginning of the year we work a lot on our NAMES! Working on names is a common skill for primary teachers. After all, our names are important. NOTHING sends a prek-k teacher into more panic than when you approach a student on day 1, ask them for their name, and they respond with a blank stare.

It’s important that we work on multiple areas of our names: orally stating our name when asked, identifying our name in print (mailbox, locker, etc.), and writing our names. Working with their own name is usually one of the first areas a child will explore the concepts of reading and writing. Working on names gives students additional opportunities for fine motor work as which is imperative for later writing needs.

In this post, we will focus on activities that you can implement TOMORROW to work on names for students. I wanted you to leave this post with ready to go activities that you can immediately implement so let’s get started!

Back to School Name Puzzles [a free download]

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This is a fun names freebie download. You will print the puzzles and write one letter per strip. Students will also receive a name plate to use as a guide. You can create these for students to practice their name independently. The puzzle is self-checking as well. You can also place these puzzles in a center for students to practice their friends’ names. Download this freebie download *HERE*

Names Mix and Fix Activity [a free download]

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I just love this quick, easy, and CHEAP way to have kiddos practice their names at home! Simply edit the note for your students and write the letters in their names on the 1 inch plastic or foam square tiles! The students will be able to practice their names at home! Download this freebie *HERE* This freebie is hosted on Adobe. In order to edit it you need to DOWNLOAD the freebie by clicking the white download arrow in the upper right!

Name Writing Journal Through the Year [a free download]

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This names journal free download is an excellent way to document student progress for name writing. A lot of times, students will come in writing their names with scribbles or improper letter formation. Using a journal like this freebie will allow you to document the amazing gains students can make over an academic year. Download this free download *HERE*

Name Chants [a free download]

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This is an adorable freebie names chant that students absolutely love. I found this adorable pocket chart activity for free *HERE* You can write student names on sentences strips and then cut the second set up and placed into an envelope! (To download the freebie, scroll down until you see the image that says Name Game.)

Names Writing Booklet [a free download]

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This freebie names writing booklet is a fun and engaging way for your students to practice writing their names! Students will practice writing their names in crayon, marker, and pencil. The students will also write their names independently.

This freebie can be downloaded *HERE* This freebie is created in Adobe and utilizes Adobe auto fill! Here’s how to get the most out of the freebie. First, you MUST download the freebie from Google. Click the free download link. Then, Click the small, white download arrow in the upper right corner. That will get the freebie downloaded to your computer. Then, you will need to open the freebie in Adobe. If it doesn’t open in Adobe then you won’t be able to utilize the auto fill component. Boo! Type in student names on page 2. If you need more names just repeat the process with typing in more names on page 2. YAY!

Names Fine Motor Mats [a free download]

This freebie names fine motor mats are a fun and engaging way for your students to practice writing their names! Students can utilize multiple fine motor approaches: dip and dot painting, stickers, pokey pin, watercolors, dabbers, etc.

This freebie can be downloaded *HERE* This freebie is created in Adobe and utilizes Adobe auto fill! Here’s how to get the most out of the freebie. First, you MUST download the freebie from Google. Click the free download link. Then, Click the small, white download arrow in the upper right corner. That will get the freebie downloaded to your computer. Then, you will need to open the freebie in Adobe. If it doesn’t open in Adobe then you won’t be able to utilize the auto fill component. Boo! Type in student names on page 2. If you need more names just repeat the process with typing in more names on page 2. YAY!

INSTANT Names Printables [fully editable]

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I also wanted to share with you my brand new FULLY EDITABLE INSTANT Names Printables packet. This packet offers 10 activities/ways for students to practice their names. Simply type in your class list and all of the pages will auto fill for you! Then, just PRINT!

What are the INSTANT Names Printables?

This packet is designed to offer an engaging and FUN way to explore names! This packet can be used to supplement your phonics block, early finishers, homework practice, intervention block, or as a literacy centers. The practice sheets are designed to maximize student engagement and offer a chance for students to practice their name.

  • Activity 1: Students read the name, color the name, and trace the name.
  • Activity 2: Students read the name, trace the name, and write the name.
  • Activity 3: Students read the name, color the name, and stamp the name.
  • Activity 4: Students read the name, search and find the letters in the name, and trace the name.
  • Activity 5: Students rainbow write the name and write the name independently.
  • Activity 6: Students will trace the name using a dry-erase marker and dry-erase sleeve.
  • Activity 7: Students will trace the name 3 times using a dry-erase marker and dry-erase sleeve.
  • Activity 8: Students will roll dough snakes and dough balls to build the name.
  • Activity 9: Students will use a bingo dabber to dab the name.
  • Activity 10: Students will trace the name 4 times using a writing tool or a dry-erase marker.
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BONUS IDEA! Did you know that this packet can be used more than one way? You can also use this packet for first & last names, high frequency words, spelling words, skill-based words, numbers, and MORE!

Snag this brand new packet by clicking *HERE*

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Q/A: How do I use the editable component? To edit this file you MUST have the document opened in Adobe Reader. Adobe Reader is a free download that can be accessed HERE. Save the document to your computer. Right click on that saved file in your computer’s documents. Choose open with. Select Adobe. Your document should have gray sidebars. If it has black sidebars or opens in your internet browser it will not be able to be edited. You can redownload the packet from TPT for a fresh copy.

Is this part of any other bundle/packet? Is this packet new? This packet is completely brand new! The packet is not part of any other bundle.

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Thank you so much for joining my today! If you have any questions, please reach out to me anytime!
Tara West – – LI******************@GM***.COM

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