Student Name Activity
Names are often the first thing we know about a person; names carry personality, power, and purpose. Correctly pronouncing student names is one of the most imperative and foundational components of creating a safe classroom and building community. Engaging in creative activities around students’ names in the early months can help foster a sense of belonging. For the activity below, students should be encouraged to use their preferred name / the name they wish to go by in class! Depending on class size/time constraints, determine how many questions students should respond to and share in class.
You can project all of the following questions, just a few, or develop your own.
Student Name Activity Questions
- What is the history of your name?
- What does your name mean to you?
- Do you share a name with anyone else in your life? How does it impact your relationship with them?
- What is your favorite part about your name?
- Are there any famous characters with your name?
- If you were in a movie with the same name, what would your character be like?
- If your name came attached to a superpower, what would it be? Would everyone with your name have the same power?
- Would your name be a good title for a poem, a song, a book, a TV show, or a movie? Why and what would it be about?
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