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My Name Is

Try one or more of these two activities to help students get to know one another early in the school year.

Make a name tag for each child. Gather children in a circle as you stand in the middle. Bounce or roll a ball to each child as you say, "I am happy (child's name) is in our class." When everyone has been mentioned, have children pass the ball around the circle. The entire class repeats each child's name as he or she holds the ball.

Write individual letters on cards. Gather the children in a circle. Hold up one card and ask children to stand up if their name begins with that letter. Say the letter aloud asking children to repeat it. Continue until each child has had a turn to stand.



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Sue LaBella, Education World's former early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.


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