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Discover the origins of names and naming ceremonies. Express individuality with each name discovery as you create a unique nameplate.
Organize students into small groups. Invite group to research the origin and meaning of student names to see if each it began with a specific culture or contains some meaning. Encourage students to check out friends’ and families’ names, too. Family members can be asked about the origins of names unique to a family. Encourage students to invent meaning that describes personalities, or combine the meanings of similar names from cultures that are represented.
Students investigate naming ceremonies in different cultures. For example, in the Balinese Hindu-Buddhist tradition, children are formally named at their first birthday. When are children named in other cultures and faith traditions? Why are these times chosen? Once students know about the origins of their names, invite them each to create a bright nameplate.
Students begin by folding double-sided Crayola Neon Color Explosion® Paper in half, either horizontally or vertically. This starts the name tent. With Neon Color Explosion Markers, students write their names in big, bold shapes and colors. Remind students to leave room for fun cutouts and pictures.
Each student should think about a shape that expresses his name’s personality. Is it a smooth swirl or an angled rectangle? Students draw several simple shapes down from the fold, such as an animal tail or a pointed triangle. Make sure the shapes are enclosed.
Students unfold their name tents and cut out only the shapes that are in front, making certain not to cut along the folds. Fold shapes up so they stick out from the fold. Students continue decorating their name tents with additional cutouts.
Each student opens up his tent and draws on the inside. Ask students to notice how the designs are revealed through the cutout shapes.
With classmates, students create a naming ceremony for themselves. Present name tents to each other.
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