Teaching Kindness and Acceptance With The Name Jar

As teachers, we want to provide a positive experience for our students. This involves creating a safe and loving classroom environment. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to teach kindness and acceptance. With so many students coming from other cultures, The Name Jar is an excellent book to read at the beginning of the year. 

I've joined my blogger friends with The Reading Crew to share some of our favorite back-to-school read-a-loud books or reading skills activities. We'll share teaching tips and FREEBIES to go along with the resources.

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The Name Jar focuses on individual differences, identity, and cultural acceptance. When Unhei, a young Korean girl, moves to America with her family and arrives at a new school, she debates changing her name so she fits in. Her friendship with Joey helps her in accepting her Korean name and teaching others about its meaning. 

Introducing the Book

Introducing The Name Jar

  • To help students understand the location of Korea, I've provided a map of Korea. Students can extend learning by finding fun facts about the country. This is also a good time for students in your classroom to share where their family is from.
  • Students can write down things they wonder about in the story. As they read, they can write the answers to their questions.

Teaching Reading Skills

  • Mapping the story
  • Main idea
  • Sequencing
  • Character traits
  • Inferencing
  • Cause and effect
  • Comprehension Questions
Mapping, Sequencing, Main Idea

character traits, inferencing, cause and effect

Comprehension questions

Follow-up Activities

additional activities with the Name Jar

To extend learning, try these fun activities:

  • Activities with names and their meanings
  • Find someone who...
  • Use PicCollage or Canva to create a name poster

To get your FREE The Name Jar resource, Click on the image below.

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This resource is also part of a Back to School Bundle that will help you at the beginning of the year. **ON SALE**

Included in the Bundle:
  • All About Me flipbook
  • The Name Jar
  • All About Me Slideshow
  • Back to School Teacher Slideshow
  • Color by Code math facts
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