What's in a name?

To do beforehand:

Send home the new unit note.

Prepare the newsletter for the theme.

Check supplies.

Print the reproducibles for the week.

Make enough copies for your children.

Send the fieldtrip notes and prepare the tags.

Prepare the Family Fun Pack.

Make a beautiful Bulletin Board to decorate your class.

Read more about Circle Time here

Explain that during the next days they are going to learn about what makes their names unique and special. Write on the board or on a sheet of paper:

“What's in a name?”

Invite children to tell you things they already know about how each name is special.

Keep the list until you have completed the theme.

Introducing vocabulary

There are many ways to be creative when introducing new words to the children. Check some ideas here

A new topic: Names

Hello Dice

You will need:

· some dice
· copies of your children’s photographs
· contact paper
· glue
· scissors

Make a large pair of dice out of cardboard and on each side placed a photo and name of each child. 

As you roll the dice, ask each child identifies the picture, say his or her name and invite the class to say “Hello” .

You can also use this dice to say:

“Nice to meet you”, “What’s your name?”…

Talk about the importance to have a name.

Practising vocabulary: This is my letter!

You will need:
· letter cards
· letter tiles

Gather your children in the meeting area.
Prepare big name cards. Spread the cards on the carpet. Invite children to pick up their names. Ask them count the letters in the names.
Think of words that begin the same as the name.
Let your children clap, stomp, whisper, shout their names
Hold up a letter card and ask the children whose name begins with that letter.
Let all your children have the opportunity to identify the beginning letter of their names
Prepare letter tiles to form names. Model how to use them.

Let's kids write their names with:

playdough or clay 

chalk and chalkboards, or chalk on the sidewalk 

paintbrush and water 

wooden letters 

sponge letters 

Friend's Name Song
Tune of A hunting will go 

A searching we will go (repeat) 

We're searching for our friend _____. 

(At this point can hold up a name card for class to "read" the name 

of one of the students in your class or just call out a name) 

And that is her (him) we know! (point to appropriate student) 

Repeat singing until everyone has been searched for. 

If your name begins… 
Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb” 

If your name begins with _, 

begins with _, begins with _, 

If your name begins with _stand up please. 

Make bracelets with the initial letter of your children’s names.

Encourage children whose names begin with that letter to stand up.

Then they sit down.

Repeat until you’ve used the first letter of everyone’s name.

Add more action verbs such as: Say hello, Hop three times, Shake your head

Musical letters

You will need

· letters’ outlines
· construction paper

Cut big letters from construction paper.

Spread the letters of your children’s name on the floor.

Sing the song.

Invite your children to look for their initial letter. When you mention a letter ask children to stand on the letter:

· shout their name

· whisper their name

· sleep on the letter

· sit on the letter

· dance on the letter

What is your name? 

What is your name? What is your name? 

I do not know. 

What is your name? 

I want to know! 

What is your name? (show a name card ) 

in Spanish the song goes like this: 

¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Cómo te llamas? Yo no lo se. 

¿Cómo te llamas? 

¡Quiero saber! 

¿Cómo te llamas tu? 

Bag puppet

You will need:
paper bags
markers or crayons

Invite children to decorate the bag as they want.

They can do a boy, a girl or a mouse to play the nursery rhyme.

Tactile names

You will need:
· beans, macaroni pasta, sequins, stickers, stamps…
· children’s name cards
· glue

Write each child’s name on construction paper.
Invite children decorate outlined name cards using art supplies such as sequins, mini stickers, stamps, etc.
You can use this card to make a bracelet or a headband for children to use during the theme.

Artistic names

Print your children’s names on a big piece of paper.
Collect the following stuff:

A apple seeds
B buttons
C cotton balls
D hole punch dots
E egg shells
F felt
G glitter
H hearts cut outs
I ink pad and stamps
J jewelry cut outs
K popcorn kernels
L dry leaves
M macaroni
N napkins
O oatmeal
P popcorn
Q Q tips
R ribbons
S string
T toothpicks
U U shapes cut outs
V Velcro
W waxed paper
X X ray
Y yarn
Z zippers

Let children identify each letter in his/her name and decorate with the correct art supplies, for instance,
Apple seeds on A
Napkin pieces on N

Your letters count

You will need:

· paper
· markers
· name cards
· letter tiles

Have each child count the number of letters in his/her name. 

Then each child comes to the graph and records the results using a crayon to colour in the appropriate box. 

After completing the graph, ask questions such as

“How many children have three letters in their name? …four letters? Discuss whose name has the most, who’s has the least, which names have the same amount.

More name graphing

The next day, graph the names beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Then clap each child’s name and graph according to number of syllables.

Use sentence strips with each child’s name on it and then put a piece of rolled masking tape on the back.

Let each child come up and place their name in the appropriate column.

Individual book: like my name!

You will need:
· blank book
· arts supplies

Prepare a small book for each child with three or four pages each.

Make a cover for the book “ I like my name!”

Use rings to put the pages and cover together.

Pages must be prepared ahead of time with captions on each page such as:

“My name is….” “I like my name because…” “My name sounds…” “My name looks….”

Talk about the importance of having a name. Let children think about their names.

Prompt questions such as..”Do you like your name?” “Why?” “Is your name long/short?” 

Invite children illustrate the cover and pages; if you want you can add a photo of the child at the end of the book.

Read the book with the children.

When it is finished put the book in the library area.

Floating Names

You will need:

· foam letters 
· a tub 
· spoons 
· paper plates 
· water 

Place foam letters in a water tub. 

Ask children to retrieve letters with spoons and place on a paper plate to spell their names 

A gift from my parents

You will need:

· your children’s names print on a worksheet

· art supplies 

· parent’s notes 

Before hand ask parents to write a note about their children’s names. 

Invite them to tell when and why they choose that name, what the name means, and many other interesting things about children’s names. 

Print each child’s name in large letters on construction paper. 

Write a headline 

“My name is my first gift from my parents.” 

Have children colour in names with markers. 

Decorate names o resemble wrapping paper. 

Add a bow for a pretty gift box 

Our book of names

You will need:

· blank book

· art supplies

Creating class books allows children to work cooperatively with others while completing a task.

Give one page for each child.

Involve each child in completing his/her page.

Let children write and decorate their name.

Make a cover for the book “Our book of names”.

Use rings to put the pages and cover together.

Read the book with the children.

When it is finished put the book in the library area.

Delicious names!


sugar and butter

paper plates and plastic spoons 

Provide children with pastry.

Let them form the letters of their names

Spread some sugar with melted butter before baking.

Bake them for 15 minutes.

Cool them on a rack.

Invite children to choose the letters of their names and “write” the names on the plate.

Cookies names

Use abc cookie cutters and let the children make their names out of plaster of Paris, and then paint them.

Roll your name

You will need:

· a ball

Gather your children in your meeting area 

Ask them to sit in a circle on the rug. 

Pass a ball around the circle and as each child receives the ball they say their name aloud. 

Go around the circle several times. You can vary it by having the children shout, clap, whisper their names. 

Pass the yarn

You will need:

· yarn

Gather your children in your meeting area

Ask them to sit in a circle on the rug.

Pass the yarn around the circle when each child receives the ball they say their name aloud.

You can vary it by having the children shout, clap, whisper their names, mention something that begins with the initial letter of their names, say something that rhymes with their names, spell their names, clap their names…

Why not going backwards?

This is the time you “wrap up” the work.

Let children reflect about what they learned.

Discuss about things they liked and didn’t like.

Use this time to assess the teaching strategies

Gather the children in a group at the conclusion of the study of the theme.

Write on the board or on a poster

“Things we learned about My  name"

Invite children to tell you something about they have learned.

Prompt questions such as “What have we done during this week?” “What were we talking about?”

Make a list of all the things children say.

Read the first list you made with the group at the beginning of the unit.

Say “These are the things we write at the beginning. Do you remember?” “Now, this is what we have learned

Family Fun Pack: “My name” bag

Prepare a bag to use during this theme.

Paste a photograph of a child on a plastic bag.

Add a name card with letter tiles. 

Let children pick up their bag and form their name. 

Pack some foam or plastic letters for children to play at home. 

If you are working with older children prepare a tracing card for their name. 

Send the recipe of the week. 

Print the initial letter of each name and send home with some playdough. 

Add the songs and poems for the theme. 

Invite parents to compare family’s names at home, the longest, the shortest

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