Writing First Names Correctly

Contributor: Beth Price. Lesson ID: 10041

You see names of people, places, and things written all around you. How does the written word identify names? Using a worksheet and crayons, learn more about using capital letters when writing names!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Look at this first name: Beth. Do you see anything different about the first letter of the name and the rest of the letters? Hmmm . . .

Learning to write your name and other's names is an important skill to learn.

Look at this name again:


Did you notice that the first letter is an uppercase letter and the rest of the letters are lowercase letters? (Surprise: When you get to the end of the lesson, you'll learn why capital letters are also called uppercase and lowercase!)

When we write our first name or another person's first name, the first letter in the name is always an uppercase, or capital, letter.

Look at the examples of names below. Read the names. Note that the first letter in each name is a capital or uppercase letter. The rest of the letters after the first letter are all lowercase letters. These are the red letters:

  • Bob
  • Kate
  • John
  • Sue

On a piece of tablet paper, write your name. Make sure you write the first letter in your name as a capital or uppercase letter.

Next, ask your parent, caregiver, and siblings to help you write their names.

Check your paper. Did you write their names with a capital letter at the beginning?

If you're ready, move on to the Got It? section to practice using capital letters!

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