How is my name a part of my identity?
Students will explore how their name connects with their identity.
What’s in a Name? (.docx | 248 KB)
What’s in a Name? (.pdf | 238 KB)
Books about names, such as:
Read a book (or share the read-aloud video, if available) related to naming, such as one of those listed in Materials/Resources.
Ask students what questions they have about the story and promote discussion by asking them questions like “How did the child in the story feel about their name?”
Talk about the diversity of names and how different cultures have different common names that may not sound familiar to us.
Start by sharing about your name, including what it means, where it comes from, nicknames you have, and so on.
Ask students to brainstorm what they wonder about their names and/or nicknames. For example:
Have students identify ways to answer their questions, including asking parents/caregivers, or getting an older student or adult to help with research.
Have students write or draw the answers to their questions.
Discuss pronunciations. Students can each share one fun fact about their name and share with the class how to properly pronounce their name.
Ask students whether they have nicknames and discuss the origin of their nicknames. For example, is their nickname an anglicized version of their name?
Discuss the multicultural nature of Canada.
Read or listen to another book about names.
Have students create a “My name is…” poster or book, using the information they found in their research, and drawing pictures. Students can then share their books/posters with their classmates.
Use the sample rubrics to assess criteria from the lesson. Students can complete these rubrics and then discuss with you, or you can complete them together.
Download sample rubrics (.docx)
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