A fun, getting-to-know-you game to play in the first days of a new school year.
Use this resource at the beginning of the school year as a way for your students to learn the names of their new classmates. It also works well as a phonemic awareness preassessment at the start of the year.
How to use this resource:
- Write each student’s name on a notecard and spread them out faceup on the floor.
- Have the class stand in a large circle (or rectangle) around the notecards.
- Choose one student to start the activity. Read a Know-That-Name Task Card to the student. While performing the action given on the card, the student must simultaneously find a name that matches the description, e.g. Walk like a duck to a name with two syllables.
- Once they have found a card, have them say the name. The student whose name is said says, ‘That’s me!’ and gives a wave. Once a name has been said, pick up the card so that it can no longer be used.
- Continue in this manner until everyone has had a turn.
A set of blank cards has been included for you and your students to create your own cards.
Use the drop-down menu to choose between the color or black and white version.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
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