- white drawing paper
- chart paper
- tempera paint
- markers and crayons
Objective: Children will develop language and creative-thinking skills and cultural awareness as they engage in a variety of activities to learn about their first names.
In Advance: Write the children's names on a large sheet of drawing paper. On a separate sheet of chart paper, write the heading Our Names: Similarities and Differences.
- Show children the sheet of paper listing their names. Ask them to look at each name. Encourage children to notice the first letters in each name, number of letters in each name, or rhyming sounds of each name. How many similarities can they find? How are their names different? Record their responses on the prepared sheet of chart paper
- Tell children the origin of your first name, then ask if they know why their families chose their first names. Invite children to create a list of questions to ask their families about how their first names were chosen. Were they named after a parent or relative? Does their name have a special meaning? Record their questions on a separate sheet of chart paper. Rewrite the questions on notepaper, leaving space between each question for families to answer the questions. Make enough copies for each child to take home. Include a note to families explaining the activity.
- Invite children to share their information with their classmates. Ask children to compare their answers. What did they learn about the origins of their names? What were the similarities in or differences between how they were named? Create another language experience chart to record their responses.
- Invite children to create special paintings or drawings using their names. Provide colorful tempera paints, markers, crayons, and paper. Invite them to share their name painting during group time.
- Display children's name paintings. Attach the name questionnaires that tell the origin of their names below each name painting.
Curriculum Connection: MATH
Provide the children with a strip of oaktag. Ask them to write their first, middle, and last names on the paper. Now ask them to count the total number of letters. Invite children to sort their names from the most letters to the least letters. Whose name has the most letters in the classroom? Whose has the least? How many children had the same amount of letters?
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