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Name Game

First day of school tomorrow!!
On the first day of school, I can't get much done until I learn my students' just bothers me when I don't know them. So, we play a name game every year. This is the name game that I like to use:

First, we get into a circle. Then I ask the students to try to think of an adjective that starts with the same sound as the first sound of their first name. (A few students usually need help with this, so if they do, we take suggestions from other students.)

Once everyone has their adjective, we start around the circle. The first student states his/her adjective and name. The second person repeats the first person's adjective and name and then adds his/her own. The third person repeats the first and second people's information and adds his/her own. This continues around the circle, so that the last person (me!)  has to repeat all of the students' names.

This really helps me to learn the names quickly, and it helps the students to learn at least a few names. Some of the students have difficulty remembering others' adjectives and names, but I don't let them struggle for long....I usually give the adjective as a hint, and that typically helps students remember the name.

Do you have any name games that you like to use?


  1. Love the Name Game! I play a game that involves being put into groups by birthdate. Then the groups have to introduce each other by giving one fun and fast fact about the other people in their birth month! The kids love and so do I because I not only learn their names, I also learn about them!

    Hope you had a great day back!!

    1. Sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing:)
      (I did have a good day!)


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