What's in a name?

Feeling part of a group and knowing the names of others in the group can enhance connectedness. This activity is fun and requires students to listen carefully to each other, helping them to feel part of the group.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills

Learning Intention

Students realise that being part of a group can enhance feelings of connectedness.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • understand that listening to others in a group and learning their names helps them to feel more connected.
Activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  1. Divide the class into two groups and have each group form a circle.
  2. Explain how ‘What’s in a name?’ works as a game.
  3. Tap one student and ask him to call out his name. Example: ‘Ahmed.’
  4. The person to his left calls out the first name, then their own name: ‘Ahmed, Chloe.’
  5. The person on the left of the second person calls out the first two names then adds their name: ‘Ahmed, Chloe, James.’
  6. Continue until the last person in the circle is reached.