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Playing Name Bingo with Chrysanthemum

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Playing Name Bingo with Chrysanthemum

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Waibel

Champaign, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Student Objectives

Session One

Session Two


Student Assessment/Reflections



Students will

  • listen to the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.

  • discuss the story concentrating on the importance of a name.

  • fill in and decorate bingo cards.

  • answer questions about themselves.

  • have the opportunity to participate in question-making decisions to be answered by their classmates (see their ideas in print).

  • recognize one another's names.

  • listen to the answers of other students and learn more about one another.

  • (optional) work cooperatively to play a game in the learning center.

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Session One

  1. Introduce Chrysanthemum to the class and read it aloud.

  2. Pass out blank bingo cards.

  3. Using your class list as a guide, call out every student's name on the list. Write every name on the chart paper so that your students can copy the names. You may also wish to have name sticks so that you may draw names from a cup.

  4. Students write each name in a box of their choice on their bingo cards. Please note the names must be written in the boxes randomly to prevent multiple bingos.

  5. Allow the students to individualize their cards by decorating them with markers, crayons, or other classroom materials.

  6. Collect bingo cards so that you can play the game during the next session.

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Session Two

  1. Hand out bingo cards randomly to students. Explain the general rules for bingo so that students understand the game.

  2. Hand out plenty of Chrysanthemum markers for each student.

  3. Invite students to brainstorm 3 or 4 personal questions designed to get to know one another on the chart paper (for instance, What is your favorite color? What is your favorite book? Do you have any pets?)

  4. Begin the game by randomly calling out a student's name, or drawing a name stick from a cup.

  5. Students respond by placing their Chrysanthemum markers on the called name.

  6. The student whose name was called responds by answering one of the three questions on the chart paper.

  7. Continue to play until someone yells, "Bingo."

  8. The Name Bingo Game's twist is to reward the student who call bingo by giving them the opportunity to think of another question to be written on the chart paper.

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Capitalize on students' excitement about Name Bingo to explore more about names. Have students see if their names or the names of anyone they know appear on the list of the most popular names compiled by the Social Security Administration. You can also use the Behind the Name site to find the derivations of students' names, though this site is not appropriate for direct student use. Students may also want to ask their parents how their names were chosen and share this information with the class.

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Use the following checklist to assess students' work:

  • Did the student actively listen to the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes?

  • Did the student actively participate in the discussion of the story?

  • Did the student listen to and follow directions when filling in and decorating the bingo cards?

  • Did the student correctly copy the names of their classmates from the chart onto the cards?

  • Can the student identify the names of other students in the class?

  • Did the student actively participate in answering the questions during the game and/or creating new questions to add to the list?

  • Did the student actively listen to the responses of others during the game?

  • Can the student work cooperatively in small groups to play the Name Game in a learning center?

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