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Grade: Elementary

#968. "N" letter ideas

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Thu Apr 8 13:05:07 PDT 1999 by Jan k/ne and the Early Childhood Ring (jblecha@genie.esu10.k12.ne.us).
Dudley Elementary,
Concepts Taught: "N" letter activities

N letter ideas

Number Rhymes like:
1, 2 buckle my shoe
3, 4 shut the door
5, 6 pick up stix
7, 8 late them straight
9,10 a big fat hen

*there's also a book to go with this called: big fat hen
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make nests (chow mein noodles, choc. & p. butter)
Barb
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Nests
Give each child a small paper plate. Have the children tear up newspaper into
small pieces. Use a mixture of glue and water and have them build their nests
on the paper plate. While the nest is drying, have the children cut out a bird
to sit in their nest.

Necklace Relay
Divide the group into two teams. Provide an old cheap necklace, or one you
have made from noodles, for each team. The first player in each line puts the
necklace around his or her neck and shakes hands with the next person in line.
The second player must remove it and place it on their head, so on and so on.
The first team to have everyone wear the necklace wins. You can also do this
activity with a mens neck tie. Makes the game more
challenging.

Nachos
Let the children take a serving of chips and you can melt Velveta Cheese for a
more mild taste or use Nacho Cheese and serve in small bowls for them to dip
their chips in.

Number Necklaces.
Precut out nut shapes and put number 1,2,3 on them. Punch a hole on the
top of each on so the children can lace them. Then provide stickers so
the children can add 1 sticker for #1 etc... Then lace into a necklace.

Of course... Noodles on the letter N, the colored spirals look neat and
a long and straight and easy to use.

Play "name that tune"

Make a necktie: Precut out a shape of a necktie, have the children
color these, glue on scraps of ribbon, sequins etc... and write a big
letter n on the front. Hole punch and lace with yarn for a necktie.

take a walk around the neighboorhood if possible.

Counting 9 noodles.

Activity N
Penny-nickel game. The object is to get all the nickels you can. You will
need a handful of nickels, six pennies for each player, and one die. Explain
that five pennies are the same as one nickel. It may be necessary to draw a
picture of this concept and place it in front of your child. To make this
picture, trace five pennies and color them brown. Then, trace a nickel and
color it gray, silver, or leave it white. Put an equal sign between the two
and explain that this means "the same as" or "is equal to". To play, roll
the die and take the same number of pennies as the number you roll. Each
player counts his pennies as he places them on his money picture. When a
player gets
enough pennies to trade for a nickel he must trade his pennies in that turn.
Make the game more challenging by adding dimes, then quarters as your
child's understanding of money increases. To keep an older child on his
toes, you can add more rules. For example, you could add the rule, if you
forget to trade and are caught with five or more pennies you lose all the
coins not traded. Once you trade for the highest coin in the game, you can't
lose that coin. However you play remember to keep it fun.

N: Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky's music is a natural for all kinds of
movements!!

N "Newspaper Numbers": numbers cut from newspaper

From: KimzDC@aol.com
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Using "nest" as the N word, you could have a paper nest and eggs. The eggs
could be programmed with pics, words or blank. Students would glue all N
words into nest or all pics that began with /n/. Or, you could program the
nest with a certain number and have students glue in that many eggs.

Cindy/SPED K-2
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we usually get to the letter N sometime in October so we trace and cut
"newspaper ghosts" and add eyes, mouth, and bow tie.

we also use the newspaper to reinforce position words. each kiddo gets a
large page. has to stand ON it, walk AROUND it, hide UNDER it, etc.

then we wad up the pages into big, fluffy balls and toss into a large plstic
container, or try to throw and catch.

hope these help :o)
janet/spedK/nj
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Some of the N things we did included: names - children cut letters of their
names out newspaper; graph the number of letters in each name; read
Chrysanthemum, a book about how special names are; sprinkle letters of names
with jello. then write,"I see my name, I feel my name, I smell my name." Read
the Indoor Noisy Book and do a venn diagram of indoor/outdoor noises; make a
noise collage. Enjoy, Louise
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From: Bjpjph@aol.com

We paint with our noses. It is so cute! We just use red paint and the child
gets his nose tip painted and then he uses that to paint on his paper. We
also paint with noodles - just dragging cooked spaghetti noodles through paint
and then around the paper. We make noodle necklaces and sort nickels and
pennies. We also sort colored noodles and write and draw about things we
would never do (or have never done). You can also create noise makers. Using
toilet tissue tubes with paper ends, or small cans, pie tins for drums, etc.
The kids just create something that makes noise. Then we have a marching band
- outside of course!
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Center Ideas

Number Necklaces.
Precut out nut shapes and put number 1,2,3 on them. Punch a hole on the
top of each on so the children can lace them. Then provide stickers so
the children can add 1 sticker for #1 etc... Then lace into a necklace.

Use different size and color napkins for a math lesson demonstrating: color,
shape, size, sorting, and counting.

Nickel rubbings

Nuts and microscopes and magnifying glasses

Kim
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Center Ideas ~
How about a bowl of mixed NUTS and a Nutcracker. or

a bowl of nuts and bolts for kids to put together or

sorting noodles of various sizes ,shapes,and lengths or

take Newspaper and hightlighter pens and mark N words or

use newspaper strips to glue a nest in a coffee filter ( they

could add eggs) Bev
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Nursery Rhymes

Nuts sort nuts (like pecans and almonds, etc.);

Nuts and bolts.
Make a board with various sized bolts sticking through a piece of wood,
children screw on the nuts. Have more nuts so that the bolts get filled up.

Noses

* Noodle Art
Color various noodles with food coloring and a small amount of rubbing
alcohol. Use different colors. Pour out on paper towel on a cookie sheet
and
let dry. Have the children design a picture using the noodles.

Nests
Give each child a small paper plate. Have the children tear up newspaper
into
small pieces. Use a mixture of glue and water and have them build their
nests
on the paper plate. While the nest is drying, have the children cut out
a bird
to sit in their nest.

Necklace Relay
Divide the group into two teams. Provide an old cheap necklace, or one
you
have made from noodles, for each team. The first player in each line
puts the
necklace around his or her neck and shakes hands with the next person in
line.
The second player must remove it and place it on their head, so on and
so on.
The first team to have everyone wear the necklace wins. You can also do
this
activity with a mens neck tie. Makes the game more
challenging.

Nachos
Let the children take a serving of chips and you can melt Velveta Cheese
for a
more mild taste or use Nacho Cheese and serve in small bowls for them to
dip
their chips in.

Number Necklaces.
Precut out nut shapes and put number 1,2,3 on them. Punch a hole on
the
top of each on so the children can lace them. Then provide stickers so
the children can add 1 sticker for #1 etc... Then lace into a
necklace.

Of course... Noodles on the letter N, the colored spirals look neat
and
a long and straight and easy to use.

Play "name that tune"

Make a necktie: Precut out a shape of a necktie, have the children
color these, glue on scraps of ribbon, sequins etc... and write a big
letter n on the front. Hole punch and lace with yarn for a necktie.

take a walk around the neighboorhood if possible.

Counting 9 noodles.


* Writing center: We gave each child 3 paper strips to form an "N"
an a larger sheet of paper. We told them it was like a "puzzle". When
they had the "N" form in place, we gave them glue sticks to glue the
strips. Then they used an "N" stamp to stamp "N"'s all over their
letter.

Story: (what else?) NOISY NORA

This is a GREAT story for talking about feelings. Nora was Noisy (and
Naughty!)--but why? Is it okay to feel angry? What are things we do
sometimes to express our angry feelings?

Circle song: What is your NAME? by Hap Palmer.

Some other "N" words: nice, necklace, near, nurse, nest, net

We had 4 special letters this month:

"K"--KING Bidgood's in the Bathtub! by Audrey Wood
"L"-The LADY with the Alligator Purse (we're still singing this song!)
"M"-The MITTEN
"N"-NOISY Nora


* The children made a necklace made from yarn, buttons, cut up straws and
beads.
We will use a ditto with the letter Nn on it and after they are colored they
will glue on noodles.
We are making a necklace on paper with premade circles the children will
fill
with crumpled up, colored tissue paper.
We are reading all about Noah and the ark so we will make an ark and put on
the animals with a rainbow on top.
On Friday we are either making neckties or a newt.

In our classroom we designate a "letter" table in which we find things in
the
classroom that begin with the letter and/or the children can bring in items
from home to put there for the week. I have also made up diaper wipe boxes
labeled with the letter of the week that goes home with a different child
each
day so they can find things at home that begin with the letter. Then they
bring it back to share with the class during our next class. The kids
really
enjoy both ideas and many get really involved (even the parents have fun).

* For the letter N, we talk a lot about the neighborhood.
We take a walk around the neighborhood. Before going, we make a list
of things that we think we will see. When we return, we check our list
and add to it things that we saw that were not already on it.

* I also give the children black paper. They use colored chalk or
craypas and draw a picture of a neighborhood at night. I give them
foil stars for the sky(nine, of course.) I attach all of the pieces of
black paper together on a bulletin board. It looks just like a real
neighborhood at night!

* This week is the letter N

Day 1 - we colored the letter Nn and glued on noodles

Day 2 - we made necklaces using a piece of tipped yearn and all different
shapes and sizes of beads

Day 3 - napkin craft (use eyedroppers with colred water solution dripped on
napkin and put on colored custruction paper) haven't tried this one yet but
it sounded interesting
Day 4 - something with Noah's Ark not sure yet


* Here is a great Noah's Ark idea

Paint a piece of construction paper blue(sky) on top and green(grass) on
the bottom. Cut a paper plate in half and paint one half brown(the Ark)
We
cut out two white clouds and one yellow sun, and glued them on top. We
glued
animal crackers all around the Ark and on the green grass. We also typed
Gen.7:8-9 (All creatures, male and female, came to Noah and entered the Ark.

I reinforced the Masterpiece on cardboard and glued yarn on the back to use
as a hanger.

Sandy ( compiled from different sources)
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LETTER "N"
There is not as much for letter "N" as it seems there would be! I tell my
kids 'n' is for nothing!!
N is for nurse. / At Circle, pass a bandaid and encourage kids to talk about
Dr. experiences, shots, nurses, boo boos, .... the only rule is : The oNLY
person that can speak is the person holding the bandaid. It's a great game
for learning to wait a turn and listening. Make nurses hats. Set up a little
dRs. office in the DP area.
N is for 9 nests. Draw a picture of 9 nests and print '9 nests' below. Kids
color the nests and eggs and copy '9 nests'. Make nests from palydoh and'/or
bowls and Easter grass. Books:"Feathers for Lunch" , "The Best Nest".
N is for noodle necklaces : set up a Center and let the kids go!!
N is for nickel : crayon rubbing.
N is for nails. Trace hands. Draw in nails . Kids paint the fingrenails.
"N is for nuts" Draw a picture of a squirrel. Kids paint in (blank# ) of nuts
and print "9 nuts " or 5 nuts... BOOK: "Nuts to You"
Laurie
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In my classroom we make a hands on (kinesthetic) letter with each letter of
the alphabet that we learn. For Nn we made a "Nine Nickel Nn".....I used
plastic money nickels for the children to glue onto their Nn (I have also
used gray construction paper nickels, too). It also helped me identify those
who were having trouble counting objects up to 9.

Elle
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N: NAIL
SHOW:
Make a mark with nail polish at the base of your nail. Leave the polish on
for a few days.
Where is the mark after a few days?
IDEAS:
After a few days the mark on the nail is above the base. As the new nail
tissue grows, the old dead tissue is pushed out of the finger. The movement
of the polish mark shows at what rate the nail grows.

N: NUT
SHOW:
Display several nuts such as pecans, walnuts, almonds or hickory. Ask: What
is inside the shell? Why are they important for the plant they came from?
Crack the nuts.
IDEAS:
Nut is the popular name for a type of plant seed or fruit which grows in a
shell of woody fiber. The term nut may mean the shell as well as the mean
inside. The kernels of most edible nuts form highly concentrated foods,
rich
in protein.

Sandy
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Activity N
Penny-nickel game. The object is to get all the nickels you can. You will
need a handful of nickels, six pennies for each player, and one die. Explain
that five pennies are the same as one nickel. It may be necessary to draw a
picture of this concept and place it in front of your child. To make this
picture, trace five pennies and color them brown. Then, trace a nickel and
color it gray, silver, or leave it white. Put an equal sign between the two
and explain that this means "the same as" or "is equal to". To play, roll
the die and take the same number of pennies as the number you roll. Each
player counts his pennies as he places them on his money picture. When a
player gets
enough pennies to trade for a nickel he must trade his pennies in that turn.
Make the game more challenging by adding dimes, then quarters as your
child's understanding of money increases. To keep an older child on his
toes, you can add more rules. For example, you could add the rule, if you
forget to trade and are caught with five or more pennies you lose all the
coins not traded. Once you trade for the highest coin in the game, you can't
lose that coin. However you play remember to keep it fun.

N: Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky's music is a natural for all kinds of
movements!!

Noodle Art
Color various noodles with food coloring and a small amount of rubbing
alcohol. Use different colors. Pour out on paper towel on a cookie sheet and
let dry. Have the children design a picture using the noodles.

Nests
Give each child a small paper plate. Have the children tear up newspaper into
small pieces. Use a mixture of glue and water and have them build their nests
on the paper plate. While the nest is drying, have the children cut out a
bird to sit in their nest.

Necklace Relay
Divide the group into two teams. Provide an old cheap necklace, or one you
have made from noodles, for each team. The first player in each line puts the
necklace around his or her neck and shakes hands with the next person in
line. The second player must remove it and place it on their head, so on and
so on. The first team to have everyone wear the necklace wins. You can also
do this activity with a mens neck tie. Makes the game more
challenging.

Nachos
Let the children take a serving of chips and you can melt Velveta Cheese for
a more mild taste or use Nacho Cheese and serve in small bowls for them to
dip their chips in.

Number Necklaces.
Precut out nut shapes and put number 1,2,3 on them. Punch a hole on the
top of each on so the children can lace them. Then provide stickers so
the children can add 1 sticker for #1 etc... Then lace into a necklace.

Of course... Noodles on the letter N, the colored spirals look neat and
a long and straight and easy to use.

Play "name that tune"

Make a necktie: Precut out a shape of a necktie, have the children
color these, glue on scraps of ribbon, sequins etc... and write a big
letter n on the front. Hole punch and lace with yarn for a necktie.

take a walk around the neighboorhood if possible.

Counting 9 noodles.

N is for nose / make noses from egg carton compartments , paint add 2
nostrils, paper punch yarn and tie on.
"N" BooK: Noisy NoraN is for note > Have kids cut a musical note from
black paper. Play "Name that Tune' with a familiar tape/ they love this
game!!
N is for name . Play name games/ webbing names , printing namews with
bingo dabbers...yarn etc..
N is for nickel / crayon rubbing / do a lesson on money.
N is for Nice / talk about feelings.....
N is for nest. Book "The Best Nest" Make nests from little bowls and
Easter grass. talk about nests for SCI.

Kim ;D
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*read Noisy Nora
*use noodles as counters
*make a N noodle necklace: dye noodles, using die-cut program circles with
Nn. The die-cuts are the medallion for the necklace. Hole punch two holes
side by side at the top of the medallion. Have students string yarn through
the holes, then add the noodles. You could also have students write the Nn
on their medallion, then decorate with small elbow shaped noodles.
*glue 9 nine noodles to big 9 shape
*use noodles as counters
*play Letter Detective
*have each student with an N in their name write their name on the
chalkboard. Give other students the opportunity to locate and identify the
Ns.
*use nickels as counters
*talk about being Nice
*talk about Neighbors

Cindy/SPED K-2
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