Make a Name Card is a fun activity that your students will enjoy and that will help you learn their names.
This is a great first day activity. I have included a rubric but I typically don’t grade this assignment. In my classes, I follow this assignment with the Make a Pennant activity, which uses the same skills and is graded.
If you can print the name tags in color, your students will love it, especially your English Language Learners!
The biggest challenge for this activity for most students is having the WordArt far enough down on the page that they will be able to see the entire name when the card is folded.
The first time I did this activity, I learned the importance of checking each student’s document BEFORE printing to insure that everything is below 4” on the side ruler. Despite directions and examples, multiple students will not have their names and pictures far enough down on the page so that everything shows when the card is folded.
To avoid wasting LOTS of paper and printer ink, check each student’s document BEFORE printing.
This requires a lot of running around the room, particularly since I have to feed card stock into the printer sheet by sheet, but I think it’s worth it because the students like this activity AND it helps me learn their names.
It’s best to print the name tags on card stock so they will stand up.
After you learn everyone’s name, students can take their name card home to show their parents. I usually display some of the name cards in the hall outside the classroom, but I find that most students want to take their name tag home.