Student Name Tags

Invite students to create a name tag to share about their hobbies, interests, and dreams.
Ages 5-7 / 30
min Activity
Self-Awareness
Kindness
Inclusivity
Art
Writing

Objectives

  • ‍Design a personalized name tag to represent their unique identity, and share their artwork with each other
  • ‍Use their name tags as an opportunity to spark conversations and form connections with their peers 

Supporting Research

When educators cultivate a positive and inclusive classroom environment, in which all students feel a sense of belonging and appreciation, this leads to positive outcomes around their academic success, motivation, self-efficacy, and engagement. This activity supports students’ self-awareness as they reflect on and share about their own identity, kindness as they listen to their peers’ stories, and inclusivity as they recognize and appreciate their similarities and differences. 

To learn more about these skills, and how they promote students’ healthy growth and the development of empathy, please check out our Empathy Framework.

Materials

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Instructions

  1. Introduce the activity to students by explaining: “Today, we're going to create our own name tags. This special name tag will help others learn about you, like what makes you feel happy or excited. Each day, we’ll add something new to our name tags, and at the end, we’ll see all the cool artwork that everyone created!”
  2. Provide each student with a copy of this name tag template, then guide them through the following steps:
    • Write their name on the two large dotted lines where it says “name”. Careful, students will need to turn their paper upside down for the line at the top of the page!
    • Fold the paper along the small dotted lines to create a name tag tent.

    Consider creating your own name tag so students can learn about you too!
  3. Over the next 3-4 days, set aside 5-10 minutes for students to decorate both sides of their name tags. Each day, students can add small symbols or drawings that represent their:
    • Hobbies and interests (e.g., activities that they enjoy outside of school)
    • Favorite color, animal, or food
    • Family members, friends, or pets
    • Dreams or goals for the future
    • Cultural or ethnic background 
  4. On the last day, invite students to share their name tags with the rest of the class. Students can take turns talking about some of the things that they included, and describing why these aspects of their identity are important to them. 

    Emphasize the importance of listening carefully and attentively to each other, and showing kindness and excitement for each person’s artwork.
  5. During the rest of the school year, have students display their name tags on their desk or table. Use the information from students’ name tags to pair up students who share similar hobbies or interests, or to create opportunities for students to learn about something new from another person.

If students in both classes have individual devices (e.g., mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc.)...

Use a platform such as Google Meet, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams which allows you to screen-share during a video call. 
One educator should set up the Kahoot! game and share the code with students in both classes by following this tutorial about using Kahoot! in a remote learning environment, and share their screen so everyone can follow along.

If students in either class don’t have individual devices...

Follow the same instructions above, with one educator starting the game and sharing their screen so both classes can follow along.  
Instead of students joining the game to answer the questions, they can hold up their fingers, call out their answer, or use a paper template to indicate their response.

If you prefer not using Kahoot!...

Use this document (Spanish version) to prompt students.