Several months ago I showed you how to use my free template to make name cards for your word wall. In addition to using the name cards on the word wall in your classroom, sorting letters with name cards is a great way to help kids learn the alphabet.
If you don’t have time to prepare the name cards, you can also write names on a large piece of paper. But, I think that kids will enjoy using name cards with pictures on them.
Prepare a Magnetic Board or Tray
An inexpensive cookie sheet can serve as a great sorting tray when using magnetic letters. I used a strip of solid washi tape to divide the cookie sheet into two sections. The great thing about washi tape is that it can be easily removed when you are done with the activity.
Add Name Cards and Magnetic Letters
Add a handful of letters to the bottom portion of the tray and a name card to the top. It’s okay if every letter in the alphabet or every letter in each of the names is not represented.
Sort the Letters
Kids can sort through the magnetic letters on the bottom of the tray. Letters that are on the name card can be pulled up to the top of the tray and letters that are not on the name card can be left at the bottom of the tray. When kids have completed the activity with one card, they move all of the letters back to the bottom, select a new name card, and sort the letters again.
This activity can also open discussion about the letters.
- Which magnetic letters are in the name?
- Which letters do you need to complete the name?
- Do you hear that letter when I say the name?
- How many magnetic letters are in the name?
- How many of the name cards have the letter __?
Kids are really motivated to find and talk about the letters in their names. In addition to magnetic letters, you can use letter beads, blocks, tiles, etc. I hope that your kids enjoy sorting letters with name cards.