This week we began to explore our first unit of inquiry: 'Who we are is shaped by the people around us'. One of our lines of inquiry is 'Who I am' which is encouraging us to explore our personal identity.
One of the things that makes us all unique and special is our name. We read the book Chrysanthemum to connect to a character who both loved and disliked her name at different parts of the book. This story supported our thinking about our own names as we participated in different name explorations.
Identifying our special letter:
Constructing our names in different ways:
Counting the letters in our names:
- In the book, it says that Chrysanthemum has 13 letters in her name!
- We counted the letters in our own names.
- We discovered Rui is the shortest with 3 letters and Jean-Louis is the longest with 9 letters.
Finding connections between our names:
Some of us noticed things that were the same and different between our class names...
- "We are the same - J!" - Jean-Louis & Jumi
- "Hey! We have the same at the end. The same last two letters." - Gracie & Eddie
- "My name is very difficult to spell. I like my Chinese name better." (Charles)
- "I have a Chinese name too." (Eddie)
- "I like my name. Before I came to school my name was Baby. When I'm out of school I'm Baby and at school I'm Jean-Louis." (Jean-Louis)
- "I like my name because I like my Japanese name but I forgot it." (Rui)
- "I have different names like Koey and Ko." (Kotaru)