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“Name Game with a Beat” is a musical version of a previous name learning activity




K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  

Title – Name Game with a Beat
By – Alice Mosley
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subjects – 
Grade Level – K-5

Note from The inspiration for this lesson came from a previously submitted Beginning-of-School idea submitted by “Monica” entitled Remembering Your Classmates’ Names . Alice Mosley, a music teacher, expanded it into a version applicable for music or music and movement.

It might also may be of help in:

      *building self-esteem

      *building social skills

      *developing awareness of timing and cooperation

    *language awareness (awareness of syllables and stress)

Monica’s Remembering Your Classmates’ Names Idea

First the teacher starts off by saying her name, then he/she tells the next student to repeat her name and then say their own name (ex: Ms. S, Chris). After the student says their name, the following does the same starting with the teacher’s name and also saying the names of the other students that went before them. This is a great way to help everyone learn names!

Alice’s Name Game with a Beat Idea

1) Ideally, everyone plays a hand drum, if available, on the stressed syllable. Teacher demonstrates, and then, at a pre-agreed signal for starting and stopping, everyone tries saying their name with a drumbeat at the same time. In the cacophony, shy children will have a chance to try it out first without the pressure of attention on them. If drums are not available, this can be done with clapping.

2) Going around the room, everyone says their name, one at a time, with a drumbeat or a clap. Variation 1: pass a ball (or a fluffy animal, for very young children) while child says his or her name. Variation 2: use a gesture or an action while you say your name. Invite ideas from children.

3) Then on to a more challenging version: say your name, and the name of the person before you. This may help those with weak memories (such as this teacher) to have a better chance at the most enjoyable part of the game which you describe – trying to recite the names cumulatively.

4) The version described in Monica’s lesson plan: saying your name and those who have come before you.

5) For a finale, the whole class could sing everyone’s names, one at a time, to two very simple notes (so-mi, in case you know any music, otherwise, it’s the tones the cuckoo uses). If confident, each child could stand in turn as his or her name is sung.

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