By actively learning each other’s names, students can help each other feel valued and respected. This helps them build connections and relationships.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies

Social awareness

Relationship skills

Learning intention

Students learn each other’s names as a way to connect with each other.

Key outcomes

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

  • recognise the importance of addressing individuals appropriately

  • acknowledge their classmates by name.

Materials needed

  • Three soft balls/items

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Social awareness

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Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Ask the group to sit or stand in a circle.

  2. Toss one of the objects from person to person across the circle randomly. The thrower calls their own name first and then the name of the person they are throwing to until everyone in the group has been thrown the object and has thrown it. Remind participants to remember the person they threw the item to and received it from.

  3. Repeat the same throwing order with the same object for a few more rounds, making sure that everyone in the group is included in the throwing pattern.

  4. Now add in the other two objects and repeat the activity. Students will need to concentrate in order to remember all the other participants’ names.


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