Don't you love this book?
It has always been one of my favorites. I try to read it every year to my students (I have been even known to read it to "big" kids).
When I was thinking of activities to get the school year started off, I got thinking about this book. I love how it emphasizes how your name is unique to you and it is special because you are special. I have some students with some unique names this year, and my personal children also have unique names (they will never get a pencil with their names on it unless I order them, what a bad mom I am!). I wanted to have a chance to spend some time with the students talking about how everyone's name was unique and special because they are special.
But just reading the book and talking about it didn't sound like too much fun for the students, I mean they get talked at enough on the first day of school so I thought of an activity that they would be able to easily complete on the first day of school that wouldn't cause me to pull my hair out.
I printed each of their names as large as I could with a font that outlined the letter and let each student color them as uniquely as they were. They did a great job. Then I realized I could actually use their artwork to help me out. I laminated them then hung them next to a clothespin in the hall where I hang their work. It looks pretty neat if I do say so myself.