Name Tags can be used for classroom management as well as for academic and therapy materials. They come in two styles: 1 a basic picture and text layout, and 2 using Position Pete with only the text from your tray. The default titles say, "Hi My name is" and "What's Yours?", but can be changed to say whatever you need.
Here are some great ways to use name tags.
As Name Tags: I create these name tags using student photos on the first day of school. It usually takes a few weeks for the students' official tags to arrive. As I welcome the students to school, I take their picture and upload it to my account. I create name tags quickly to help identfy the student with name and dismissal info and place it in a clear tag holder.
Character Study: Name tags can be made with the characters' name for the students to wear. They can learn more about their characters' role in the story based on the learning objectives and their individual level.
- Answer simple wh- questions about their character.
- Describe their character
- Relate to others as their character would (empathy)
- Move and act like their character
- Draw a picture of their character
- Write a story about their character
- Rewrite the story from the characters' point of view (first person)
Letter/ Sound focus: Students working on a letter sound for articulation therapy or phonemic awareness can wear a name tag that may say, "Ask me about... The letter G". Students can be taught to tell about their letter and its sound.
Social Games: There are many social games that promote interactions. Here are a few ways to use name tags
- Guess my Name: Each student wears a tag on their back. The tag may say anything - character, skill, place, vocabulary... anything. The students walk around and ask questions to try to figure out what their tag says. Other students may not tell them, but can give them clues.
- Headbands: Similar to above, except the students wear their name tag on their forehead.
- Do Not Say it: Students wear a word on their name tag, but they cannot say their word. Other students try to get each other to say their tag word.
- Go Togethers: Label name tags with items that go together. It could be pairs such as shoes and socks or categories such as pets and plants. Students have to oranize themselves to find others who match their pair or group.
Designated Roles /Jobs: Students clip on their name tag to identify their role in a group. For example, in a small group project, students can each take a job such as "facilitator", "time keeper", "recorder", and "speaker".