How often during Writing Workshop have you been part of this scenario?
Student: I want to write about my cousin Michele, but I don't know how to write her name.
Teacher (after the usual "What do you hear first?", "What else can you hear?", etc): Here you go... M-I-C-H-E-L-E.'
Student (looks at paper): No, that's not it.
Teacher (adds another 'l')
Student: No, that's not it, either.
Between multiple spellings and one-of-a-kind names, that little scene sure did play out frequently in my classroom. So I made up the little form that I'm sharing with you today to help out the little writers... and myself!
Two sizes are included, so you have the option of a full page in a binder or a half page attached to the pocket of a portfolio folder.
I gave this to parents to complete at Back to School Night. Of course, you'll want to stress "clear printing" so this will really become a useful tool. The kids are really thrilled to see the names of their own special people and pets, and the chart often becomes the source of new ideas for writing, too.
Hope you'll find it useful, too!