Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Name Tickets

My first year teaching, I noticed that my students needed some extra practice writing their names. They would often leave out letters or misspell their first names and many had little experience writing their last names. I ended up printing handwriting practice pages with each of their names to try and help them.
Last year I found something that I liked even better...

Name Tickets.
Kristi and I bought the cheap name plates from the Target Dollar Bins and wrote each of our students’ names on them. We laminated these and some blank sentence strips cut to the same size. Then we put the name plate and sentence strip on a ring and hung it on the side of our kiddos’ desks.
Every morning when the students came in, they had to write their name on the Name Ticket with a small Expo marker. If they made a mistake or it was sloppy not their neatest work, they had to try again. We used baby wipes to erase the tickets so they were ready to go again the next day.
Check out these cute frog name plates I found at Target for Kristi…the frog theme is so much more prevalent than the sports theme. She is always telling me that I just need to switch to frogs – LOL!
I had to write in a big EXPO for this picture (that's all I had at home), but the kids use the small ones so it feels more like a pen or pencil.

These will be her Name Ticket examples for this year. This shows only the first name, but we write first and last names on the tickets for the kiddos.

This year, I found the “wipe-off” sentence strips and it seems like they will be much easier to erase!
Last year we had a few issues with the laminated strips erasing…found out that it kind of depends on the markers (even though they were all Expo – weird).
I was experimenting with using eyelets to hold the ring so it won't tear. The blank sentence strip is under the name plate on the ring. This way they can refer to the example if needed.

Okay…back to work. So much to do, so little time!
We have “Meet the Teacher” next Tuesday night…eck! Where has the summer gone?
Have a blessed day!


  1. Great idea! I use Mr. Clean erasers to erase my dry erase markers on laminate. They seem to work really well and last all year! Good luck in the new school year.

  2. Another "why didn't I think of that?" moment! So much easier than making copies for them to practice on and way less waste. Love it!

    First with Franklin

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