Oh Naaaa Naaaa, What’s My Name?

Objective
To teach students the matching’s of lower case and capital letters. To teach students how to spell their name.

INTRODUCTION:

1. Sing the alphabet song. Even though your students may not be very active during the song, you still should stay upbeat and entertaining.

  • If your school does not have a CD with English songs, you can easily find one on the Internet or iTunes.

2. Review the letters of the alphabet.

  • Show the students the capital letter, say the letter, and then flip the card to show the lower case letter, and say the letter. If the students can respond, then have them respond (see NOTE 1).

ACTIVITY:

1. Give students the Matching Game Worksheet (file no longer available). The worksheet entails an assortment of letters (capital and lower case) scrambled around the paper. The students must match up the lower and upper case letters correctly (see Note 2).

  • A simple version of the Matching Game Worksheet is used for students who need to identify their own names. The worksheets should be customized to each student's name. So "Kouki" should only have the letters K, O, U, K, I, etc. 
  • A slightly more challenging version of the Matching Game Worksheet is used for students that already know how to write their names, but still have a difficult time with the alphabet. The worksheet should include letters that have the same form between lower and upper case. (Oo, Pp, Cc, Xx, etc.)
  • A more challenging version of the Matching Game Worksheet is given to students who already know their names, and who have a foundation with the lower and upper case letters of the alphabet. The worksheet should include letter that vary in form between upper and lower case. (Aa, Dd, Nn, Tt, etc. )

2. Have students spell out their names. Make sure that the students are not using capital letters for their entire name.

  • If they need assistance, give them a letters pamphlet with all of the capital and lower case letters (this type of sheet can easily be found on the internet).

3. Have students make and decorate their own name tags. 

4. Attach a string around the name tag after they are finished so they can either wear it or hang it up in the classroom.

Notes

Note 1: If the attention span of your students in low, try only using the letters from their names. Therefore, if you have students named Minami, Kouki, and Masa, you would not need to review the letters ‘L’ or ‘P’.

Note 2: If the worksheet attached is too difficult for the students, try simplifying the worksheet to have fewer letters.

Lesson Topics
Duration
Elementary
5,
6
Junior High
1,
2,
3
Special
Nakayoshi
Resources
name tags, paper, markers, colored pencils, Letter Cards--front with capital letter and back with lower case letter, Matching Game Worksheet