Saturday, August 25, 2012

"If Your Name is on a Plate"

It has been a really busy 2 weeks for me!  I started school on Aug. 13th and I feel like I haven't sat down since!  Our school has changed to a TAP school this year, we have a new reading program and we went from full day kindergarten to half day kindergarten!!  It has been a whirlwind of changes!  I haven't had time to post anything lately but I would like to share a simple game that I like to do at the beginning of the year to have the children learn each others' names.  I use plain white paper plates and write one student's name on each plate.  Then, we all stand in a circle and I sing a song while I place 3-4 plates on the floor in the middle of the circle.  When I am done singing whoever has their plate on the floor picks it up (it also lets me see who can recognize their own name) goes back to their spot in the circle and holds the plate so that everyone can see the name.  Then I point to the children holding their plates and they have to say their names.  I continue until everyone has had a turn.  This is the song that I sing while putting the plates on the floor:

If your name is on a plate, pick it up.
If your name is on a plate, pick it up.
If your name is on the plate, then you're really doing great!
If your name is on a plate, pick it up.

3 comments:

  1. Great idea! Simple,fun,interactive and community building, all while assessing their name recognition. You are brilliant!

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  2. Love this! I think I shall "borrow" it and use it this week! :) Thank you!!

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  3. I love this idea and my partner would have been all over this. She loves simple stuff that takes little prep and this fits her criteria. Thanks for sharing and I will now become a follower!
    Fran

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