What's In A Name?

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Children love playing games with their names and with the names of their friends, and they love putting their names in nonsense rhymes and their favorite poem or song whenever possible.  Using rhymes and playing name games is a terrific way of letting children experiment with sounds as they develop phonemic awareness and other important literacy skills.

Here are some of my favorite rhymes for name games.  You can use them during floor time, in pocket charts for group or independent work, as individual or class books, in poetry journals, and in many other ways that are limited only by your imagination.

A note on pocket chart activities:

I always have a full set of the children's names displayed at the bottom of each pocket chart that holds a name game or poem.  I make several sets, with the writing done in different colors for each set, so that cards are easy to return to the proper place if they're dropped on the floor.  For some of the rhymes, you need multiple copies of each child's name in order to fill in all the blanks.  Be sure you also have important school names on name cards -- teacher, principal, coach, librarian, secretary, custodian, etc.  The kids love it!

Nursery Rhymes

_____ _____ quite contrary
How does you garden grow?
With silver bells
And cockle shells
And little maids all in a row.
Hickory dickory dock,
_____ ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
_____ ran down,
Hickory dickory dock.
Little _____ has lost his/her sheep
and doesn't know where to find them.
Leave them alone
And they'll come home
Dragging their tails behind them.
_____ and _____
went up the hill
to fetcha pail of water.
_____ fell down
and broker his/her crown
and _____ came tumbling after.
_____ put the kettle on,
_____ put the kettle on,
_____ put the kettle on,
And we'll have tea!
_____ had a little lamb
It's fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that _____ went
The lamb was sure to go.
_____ be nimble
_____ be quick
_____ jump over
The candlestick!
Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a (initial)
And put it in the over for _____ and me!
Little boy/girl _____
Come blow your horn.
The sheep's in the meadow,
The cow's in the corn.
Where is the child
Who looks after the sheep?
Under the haystack fast asleep!
Little _____ Horner
Sat in a corner
Eating a Christmas pie.
He/she put in a thumb
And pulled out a plum
And said "What a good child am I!"


Monthly Rhymes

I leave these in a pocket chart for the entire month.


Run, run
As fast as you can
You can't catch _____
The Gingerbread Man!


Shining apples
Round and bright.
You are such a Fall delight.
_____ eats one every night.


The leaves are falling down.
The leaves are falling down.
All over _____
and all over town.


Here is the chimney
Here is the top.
Open the lid
Out _____ pops!


Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?
_____ stole the cookies from the cookie jar.
Who me?  Yes you!
Couldn't be!  Then who?


The valentine is red.
The valentine is blue.
_____ drops it in the mailbox
and mails it to you!
(put names on envelopes)


The sun will shine.
The rain will fall.
And _____'s flowers
Will grow up tall.


Rain on _____
Rain on the trees.
Rain on the green grass
But not on me!


Honey in _____'s cookies
Honey in _____'s tea.
Honey in _____'s honey pot
From the honey bee.

(be sure to add a card for Pooh Bear!)


Who stole the honey from the honey pot?
_____ stole the honey from the honey pot.
Who me?  Yes you!
Couldn't be!  Then who?


Other Rhymes

Rain, rain go away
Come again another day.
_____ wants to go out and play!
One for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
_____ is ready to go!
I have a friend
Whose name is _____
And we have fun together.
We laugh and play
And sing all day
In any kind of weather.
(color) is my hair.
(color) are my eyes.
I'm _____ years old
and just the right size.
My name is _____ and as you can see
I'm very happy to be me.
I like you
You like me
So good friends we will be
_____ likes _____
_____ likes _____
So good friends they will be.
Now it's your turn
to think of one!



Suggested Reading

A My Name is Alice
A fun rhyming story using all the letters of the alphabet.  Fun for jump rope rhymes, too.

Under $5

Also available in hardcover

Santa's Book of Names
A wonderful story about a little boy who has to help Santa,
and along the way discovers he knows how to read!

Under $5

Also available in hardcover

The story of a small kindergarten girl whose very large name
has thirteen letters -- half as many as the alphabet!
We graph our names after we read this book.

Under $4

Annie Bananie
An Old Favorite about best friends, with great rhymes!

Under $5

Earl's Too Cool for Me
From the author of
Annie Bananie

Under $5

What's Your Name? From Ariel to Zoe
captures young imaginations!

Alligator Arrived with Apples

Under $5

A My Name Is ...
Another version of this classic rhyme

Under $5

Q is for Duck
An Alphabet
Guessing Game

Fun and delightful!


72 Middle Names
a fun poem

Teaching Tips ~ Learning Students' Names

Do you have any Names Links?
Send them to kndrcorner@aol.com


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