This year in our school district a new elementary school opened near by so there was a little bit of a shuffle of students to relieve some over populated schools. We ended up sending almost 300 kids to the new school and over 200 new kids came from other schools to ours. As you can imagine there are quite a few new faces and names to learn so we did some name art to start the year. The kids love to use their names to make art, and I can see the student’s name with their face for about 30 minutes as they work on the project, so it’s win-win for both of us.
Here are a few examples. In 2nd grade we talked about stained glass and the students used the spaces between their letters to create different designs. 3rd grade made name pennants with their favorite colors and hobbies on them. 5th grade learned how to use radial symmetry to make their names into a design tile. We had a good time, and I now know who more of my students are!