This activity is great one so many different levels. For one, kids absolutely love it and for two, you are modeling writing and using all its conventions daily for as many days as you have kids.
There are many spins on the Name Game but what I have always done was the following at the beginning of the year:
Each day a different child was the “Name Game Kid”.
I used magnetic letters and had the targeted child’s name mixed up on the board.
Once they figured out whose name it was, we created the name with the letters. We counted the number of vowels, consonants, clapped syllables and cheered the name. We also made other words from that child’s name. We had a contest to see which name we could make the great number of words from by using the letters from his/her name.
4. Next each child would share his/her BAG FULL OF ME! Get to Know You Activity
available on this site. I would send those out at Open House and then ask for them to be returned by the first day of school. By doing that, I always had a bag ready for the Name Game Kid of the day.
5) Next was the interview. I had the Name Game Kid sit in a special chair. This is where you will chart the same frame of sentences each time you do the Name Game. However, do not prepare this ahead of time. It is much more valuable that the kids watch you do the writing and help you spell words. They will become very familiar with many sight/high frequency words very quickly through this modeled writing.
6) We begin with “This is _____. I write out the name and as I am writing I am thinking out loud to remember to start with a capital and end with a period.
7) She likes____”What do you like? She replies whatever it is and we write it down. This continues until we get to the end.
The sentence frames are as follows:
This is _____________.
She doesn’t like_____________.
She is good at_______________.
She wants to get better at_____________.
When she grows up, she wants to be__________.
Her favorite book is___________.
There is a form for boys with he/his.
Then, together we read it aloud as a shared reading.
8) I type up the chart paper on the templates in this product. I print two copies; one for our class book and then other to hang on the portfolio wall in their personal space. You can read more about that in my product Select and Reflect Forms
9) I send the chart paper home with the Name Game Kid of the day. Once all the names have been done I compile the class book. I like to do it in color and have their photograph. If you don’t want to use so much ink, I have the product available in black and white as well. The class book then gets rotated throughout the class to take home. After everyone has had a chance to bring it home, it goes into our ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS bin in our classroom library. It is a well-read and definite favorite. At the end of the year I auction it off—or have a drawing of names to see who wins it!
I promise you that your kids will love this, have pride in their names and gain a sense of writing, while building sight word vocabulary.
All forms are editable including the cover. All come in color and black and white.