Name Cards for the Artistic
Name of Teacher: Joseph Doty, Uehara Akiko
Class/Grade/Language Level: Grade 3/Beginner
Textbook and specific lesson: We Can! Lesson
Goal: Teach Students how to write their own name and reinforce self-introductions
Preparation: Blank paper, cut roughly into roughly business card-sized pieces. Give enough time for students to make name cards with pictures (and some time for yourself to make plenty of your own!). This is a good wrap-up lesson once your students have learned the alphabet.
Class time: 40-45 minutes (not counting a prep class)
Give yourself about 3-5 minutes for your usual greeting
Warm up: ABC Song The Alphabet Song is provided We Can! 1 Data Program. Japan likes to sing the Alphabet song at a slightly different pace. Notably, they pause after N instead of P. I like to take this as a moment to talk about cultural differences and show a version with more familiar pacing.
Alphabet Review Once finished, ask your students to open their book to the appropriate page (We Can 1 Pg ____ or Hi Friends Pg 22-23). Have your students repeat the alphabet in order as you write on the board. I recommend trying to keep them relatively synchronized so no one gets confused. It’s also okay to stop and step back a few letters if they’re having trouble with a letter’s name and/or sound.
Next, have students answer questions one after the other in their rows. Point to the alphabet and ask a student what letter it is. Your JTE can help them too if they need assistance. When they answer correctly, have the entire class repeat the letter and then move on to the next person. Personally, I prefer to do this in order but you could also do this from Z-A, or focus on hard letters, at random, etc.
Take a moment to review some of the more difficult letters if necessary. My JTE marked B/V with a circle, G/Z with a square, etc.
Now for the activity. First, janken with your JTE to decide who will start your model conversation, then act out a conversation like the one below.
(Let’s assume Akiko-sensei won) Joe: Hello! My name is Joe. Akiko: Hello! My name is Akiko. Joe: Nice to meet you. Akiko: Nice to meet you too! [Joe and Akiko trade one of their name cards] Joe: See you! Akiko: Bye!
Double check the kids understand what they need to do, then have all of them stand up and start playing! I recommend you have them first do this with the person next to them. Lets this go for five minutes or so. This should wrap up the lesson.
Notes This lesson was done with elementary school third graders. Feel free to modify it for higher grades. You could make them include “I like ___,” based on what they drew. You could also make them use the names on the cards they received instead of their actual name.