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The Best Chrysanthemum Name Craft for Back to School

Chrysanthemum…a name that is likely familiar if you are an early elementary teacher! I personally LOVE to read “Chrysanthemum” during back to school, as there are so many valuable lessons to learn from this beloved character and story. It’s a great opportunity to discuss our unique names and complete a variety of name activities including this Chrysanthemum name craft!

Kick off your name unit with this simple Chrysanthemum name craft for back to school! These Chrysanthemum activities are a great way to celebrate your students’ names. These name activities not only help with name recognition but also make an adorable back to school bulletin board. Name practice activities and name crafts, like this Chrysanthemum craft, are the best back to school activities for the first week of school. Include this back to school craft in your first week of school activities!

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Chrysanthemum Name Craft Prep

Prepping this Chrysanthemum name craft is simple and quick!

There are multiple printable response pages for the body. Choose the one that works best for your students.

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Kick off your name unit with this simple Chrysanthemum name craft for back to school! These Chrysanthemum activities are a great way to celebrate your students’ names. These name activities not only help with name recognition but also make an adorable back to school bulletin board. Name practice activities and name crafts, like this Chrysanthemum craft, are the best back to school activities for the first week of school. Include this back to school craft in your first week of school activities!

On some of the response pages, there is room for the students to draw a self-portrait.

On other pages, students are able to identify the number of letters in their name and compare them to Chrysanthemum’s name.

Students are also able to determine how many consonants, vowels, and syllables there are in their name.

Once you determine the page that is best for your classroom, copy it onto regular copy paper.

For the Chrysanthemum craft pieces, you will find two different versions for the face, one with ears that can be colored and one with ears that can have a pink overlay.

Kick off your name unit with this simple Chrysanthemum name craft for back to school! These Chrysanthemum activities are a great way to celebrate your students’ names. These name activities not only help with name recognition but also make an adorable back to school bulletin board. Name practice activities and name crafts, like this Chrysanthemum craft, are the best back to school activities for the first week of school. Include this back to school craft in your first week of school activities!

Next, copy the face and hands on white or gray construction paper or card stock, and the dress and bow on any color.

The name craft can be completed with or without legs. If you decide to hang this as a back to school bulletin board and space is limited, I recommend skipping the legs.

A print and color option is also included.

Chrysanthemum Read Aloud

Before we begin our Chrysanthemum name craft, I read “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes as a whole class.

Chrysanthemum, a young mouse, loves her name and believes it is absolutely perfect. However, when she starts school, she faces teasing and criticism from her classmates because of her long and unusual name.

Chrysanthemum’s confidence is shaken as she begins to doubt the beauty of her name. She starts to wish for a different, simpler name like her those of her classmates.

However, with the support and encouragement of her loving parents and teacher, she eventually learns to embrace her unique name and regain her self-confidence.

Kick off your name unit with this simple Chrysanthemum name craft for back to school! These Chrysanthemum activities are a great way to celebrate your students’ names. These name activities not only help with name recognition but also make an adorable back to school bulletin board. Name practice activities and name crafts, like this Chrysanthemum craft, are the best back to school activities for the first week of school. Include this back to school craft in your first week of school activities!

There are so many opportunities throughout this book for students to make connections, so I make time to stop along the way to have these meaningful conversations.

Once we finish reading the story, we complete several Chrysanthemum name activities, including a powerful name chart, before creating our Chrysanthemum name craft.

One of our favorite name activities is using these name trains to compare our name to Chrysanthemum’s and to our classmates’ names.

Chrysanthemum Name Craft Directions

I like to begin by having the students complete the response sheet.

Kick off your name unit with this simple Chrysanthemum name craft for back to school! These Chrysanthemum activities are a great way to celebrate your students’ names. These name activities not only help with name recognition but also make an adorable back to school bulletin board. Name practice activities and name crafts, like this Chrysanthemum craft, are the best back to school activities for the first week of school. Include this back to school craft in your first week of school activities!

If you selected one of the sheets that involves students writing their name and drawing a self-portrait, I recommend modeling this process first before sending students off on their own.

If you went with a response sheet that is more detailed, I recommend going step-by-step with your students.

After the students write the first and last letter of their name, I have them count how many letters are in their name and graph the number.

Kick off your name unit with this simple Chrysanthemum name craft for back to school! These Chrysanthemum activities are a great way to celebrate your students’ names. These name activities not only help with name recognition but also make an adorable back to school bulletin board. Name practice activities and name crafts, like this Chrysanthemum craft, are the best back to school activities for the first week of school. Include this back to school craft in your first week of school activities!

Then, we compare the number of letters in our name to our classmates’ names.

Next, we identify the difference between a vowel and consonant before students independently record this on their response sheet for their own name.

Last, we clap out the number of syllables for our names before recording the number on our response sheet.

Kick off your name unit with this simple Chrysanthemum name craft for back to school! These Chrysanthemum activities are a great way to celebrate your students’ names. These name activities not only help with name recognition but also make an adorable back to school bulletin board. Name practice activities and name crafts, like this Chrysanthemum craft, are the best back to school activities for the first week of school. Include this back to school craft in your first week of school activities!

Once again, it is so much fun to compare these numbers to our friends’ names in our class.

After the response sheet is filled in, it is time to assemble the Chrysanthemum name craft.

First, cut out all of the pieces. If you went with the print and color option, have the students color the pieces before cutting.

Kick off your name unit with this simple Chrysanthemum name craft for back to school! These Chrysanthemum activities are a great way to celebrate your students’ names. These name activities not only help with name recognition but also make an adorable back to school bulletin board. Name practice activities and name crafts, like this Chrysanthemum craft, are the best back to school activities for the first week of school. Include this back to school craft in your first week of school activities!

Next, glue the response sheet to the belly. Then, glue the hands on top to make it look like Chrysanthemum is holding the paper.

Next, glue the head to the body and the bow to the middle of the head. This is when you will need to glue the inner ears on if you did the overlay.

Last, add the legs. Again, this part is optional!

Kick off your name unit with this simple Chrysanthemum name craft for back to school! These Chrysanthemum activities are a great way to celebrate your students’ names. These name activities not only help with name recognition but also make an adorable back to school bulletin board. Name practice activities and name crafts, like this Chrysanthemum craft, are the best back to school activities for the first week of school. Include this back to school craft in your first week of school activities!

This craft makes an adorable back to school bulletin board for all to enjoy!

Chrysanthemum Name Craft for Back to School

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You might also love these editable picture name puzzles for name practice!

Name puzzles are a great way for preschool and kindergarten students to practice spelling, writing and recognizing their name! This name practice activity is perfect for back to school. Plus, creating these picture name puzzles is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Pair this name activity with your favorite picture name books. Rather than using name practice sheets, use these name puzzles to strengthen fine motor skills. This name activity for preschool is perfect for centers, morning work or early finishers!

These editable name writing activities are also great for name practice!

Looking for some fun and engaging name writing activities for preschool and kindergarten? These back to school name writing practice mats and name building activities are perfect for helping students learn how to write their name. Early elementary students get to practice tracing their name and building their name with magnetic letters. These editable name mats work well for centers, morning work or early finisher activities. Use these name practice mats with your favorite name books for kids!

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Back to school crafts are a great way to kickoff the new school year! Today, I am sharing some of my favorite back to school crafts for preschool, kindergarten and first grade. You will find a David Goes to School craft, an all about me craft, a first day feelings craft and more. These crafts are great for teaching rules and expectations, as well as building a strong classroom community from day one. You will also find name crafts, including a Chrysanthemum craft and alphabet name soup craft.

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Kick off your name unit with this simple Chrysanthemum name craft for back to school! These Chrysanthemum activities are a great way to celebrate your students’ names. These name activities not only help with name recognition but also make an adorable back to school bulletin board. Name practice activities and name crafts, like this Chrysanthemum craft, are the best back to school activities for the first week of school. Include this back to school craft in your first week of school activities!
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As a dedicated Kindergarten teacher for nearly 20 years, I believe the words “fun, play, and creativity” can sit right alongside the words “developmentally appropriate, engaging, and rigorous.” Learning is meant to be fun and messy!

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