Learning each other’s names the first week of school can be tricky, especially for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. We practice using each other’s names, writing each other’s names, and playing games with each other’s names frequently. So this FREE Editable Pocket Chart Back to School Name Game is the perfect addition to your Pre-K or Kindergarten back to school plans!
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Editable Pocket Chart Back to School Name Game
I love to learn through play, and so do my students! So learning our names is no different. We play lots of different games to get comfortable with everyone’s names in our class.
I always have a pocket chart with each student’s name written on sentence strips or other cards for things like Morning Sign-In or pocket chart graphs with the class. So students’ names are visible and can be read and recognized by all students.
We practice reading and recognizing all students’ names (over time of course), not just our own. So this back to school name game allows us the opportunity to practice reading our classmates’ names in a fun and engaging way.
Cookie Name Game
The Cookie Name Game is so much fun for your students to play, and the set up is simple for you!
The file is editable! So each year, you simply type in the names of your students, print, and you have a name game ready to play with your class. I like to print these on cardstock and laminate the pieces. This way we can use them over and over again throughout the year (or for years to come)!
Students will love saying the chant together and having their name chosen for the pocket chart!
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Use it Virtually or in the Classroom!
Not only is this activity a blast when you are physically in the classroom, this Back to School Name Game is the perfect activity to use during distance learning!
Simply set up your chart and a basket with all of the cookie names. Make sure your pocket chart is visible in your camera. Say the chant together and choose one name out of the basket at a time. Make sure to have the student you choose wave hello. (Kiddos get so excited, even virtually, to get their name chosen out of the basket!)
I only do a few names at a time to keep maximum engagement and excitement about the activity. See me in action as I show you how I use pocket charts in my virtual classroom on Instagram.
Ways to Play
You can use this back to school name game lots of different ways with your kiddos. I always start by picking a student’s name from the basket and reading the name aloud.
Once my students can recognize their own name, I like to put all of the cookie cards in the pocket chart and let them find their name to use in the chant.
After students get good at recognizing other classmates’ names, you can let a student select a friend’s name from the basket or pocket chart and read it to use with the chant.
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If you love this Back to School Name Game, you will love the whole bundle of Social-Emotional Pocket Chart Activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten! Not only do you get this Cookie Name Game, you also get pocket chart games and activities to discuss being a good friend, making helpful choices in school, and exploring feelings.
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