Use Name Play as a gateway into the world of reading and writing. Only one name can be the main focus at a time, and there's no way to easily change this, so teachers may need to uninstall and reinstall the app for each new student. Involve each student in this process so they see how their own name becomes the protagonist. Add the class's names to help students learn to spell and recognize the names of their classmates. Help introduce each of the activities to the students so they know what they're supposed to do, then let them explore freely to experiment as they please. Continue the learning offscreen with exercises in which students read, write, and play with the letters of their names and those of their classmates. For instance, students can create posters using the letters of their names to think of other words that begin with the same letter -- for example, "Alex" can be "Alligator, Lion, Elephant, Xylophone."Continue reading Show less
Name Play: a name reading and writing practice kit is an early literacy app that uses names as the context for teaching students about letters and spelling. Students open their lockers to choose from a variety of games that all involve playing with and/or spelling their names. Activities include a magnetic letter board, vintage video games, writing practice, and more. Students or teachers can add lockers with the names of classmates and play with those names as well. To explore the hallway, students swipe from side to side and find more name-based activities, such as handing out lunch boxes according to named labels. Each completed activity earns students a new way to customize or decorate the lockers.
Name Play is a great way to hook students into literacy learning activities. It's fun for students to see their own names -- and those of their classmates -- front and center in this collection of simple but cleverly effective activities. Because students see familiar names as the protagonists, they get to feel a great sense of ownership over what might otherwise be relatively standard letter-play games. It's also harder for these simple games to feel repetitive because students likely will delight in repeating each game with the names of all their classmates, friends, and/or family. There is a dashboard to "track" which activities students complete, but in reality it doesn't give any particularly useful information. Overall, Name Play nicely provides a more personalized experience with early literacy games that'll go a long way to keeping students engaged with learning.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
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