What's in a Name?

K, 1, 2
The students will reflect upon themselves as community members.
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PrintOne Sixty-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
  • associate a descriptive name for themselves with the services they perform.
  • list several reasons why they chose a particular descriptive name.
  • identify several helping activities students perform in the classroom and/or the community in general.
  • The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie de Paola (see Bibliographic References).
  • Pencils and paper

De Paola, Tomie. The Legend of the Bluebonnet. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1983.


  1. Have students recall the girl's name in The Legend of the Bluebonnet at the beginning of the story (She-Who-Is-Alone).
  2. How did that name describe how her community viewed her?
  3. Have the students recall the name the girl received at the end of the story (One-Who-Dearly-Loved-Her-People).
  4. Why did the people change her name?
  5. Ask the students to think about themselves. What do they do that is of value to the community?
  6. Tell the students to think of a name for themselves that would describe their contribution to the community or family. The name must start with "He-Who…" or "She-Who…" Give examples if necessary:He-Who-Picks-Up-Papers, She-Who-Helps-With-Math.
  7. Tell the students to write three sentences to explain why they chose their new name. Students should use examples of helping activities in explaining why.
Teacher observation of student participation. Student has written three sentences that support their name choice. They have included at least one example of an activity which supports their answer

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark E.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.