Activity: Beginning of School Library Name Game
Subject: Beginning of School, Library Terms, Alphabet, Learning Names
Materials: List of Library terms: At least one word for each letter of the alphabet
Activity Description: Names are important to each person. Remembering people’s names, using them when talking to them, and pronouncing them is an important social skill that helps us get along better with each other. Therefore, we are going to play a game today that will help us remember each others’ names and the names of things you might find in a library.
1. Post alphabetical list of library terms somewhere in view of all students
2. Explain that since we are starting off a new year, it’s nice to learn everybody’s names and you have a fun game to play to remember names and library words.
These may be library words that everyone is familiar with or ones that they will be hearing during library time throughout the year.
3. Have everyone sit in a circle and ask students to silently pick out a library word that begins with the same first letter as the first letter of their first name. e.g. Benjamin - Books
4. Say, “We are going to take turns introducing ourselves by saying, “My name is Benjamin and I like Books; and we will proceed around the circle until everyone has introduced themselves.
5. After everyone has had a turn introducing themselves this way, make the game harder by doing it again, but this time they must introduce themselves and everyone who came before them in order. E.g. My name is Chelsea and I like computers. Her name is Lindsay and she likes libraries. His name is Benjamin and he likes books., etc.
6. Let children help each other remember names and give hints. It will help everyone remember names.
7. For older students, you might include titles of books as a choice in choosing a word for their name.