As all elementary teachers know, names are powerful tools for literacy learning. With the help of Patricia Cunningham I invest several days at the beginning of the year to celebrate and investigate every name in the room. Check out those ideas here.
One year I figured out that I could do something more with those cut-up names than simply send them home.
I put the name into an envelope.
I tape the child's picture to the front so that it can flip up.
I write the child's name underneath the picture.
The envelopes become part of word work, and kids of all abilities love to put the names together and then check to see if they're right. Once the envelopes become less thrilling, I send them home.