K.3: Who is in our class?

Lesson overview

Theme:Developing identity and self-esteem
Age Group:Kindergarten
Learning Area:English

Content descriptor

Students recognise high-frequency words, including own name.

Teachers notes

  1. These activities encourage students to feel positive about themselves and about their friends and classmates.
  2. The amount of assistance given depends on the ability of individual students and classes. This is a good buddy activity.


  • A4 paper or card, coloured pencils and crayons or textas
  • Alternate activity: Camera, paper doll cut outs or outlines, scissors, coloured pencils and crayons or textas


  1. In pairs or with an older buddy, ask students to draw around each others hands to create a hand outline.
  2. Ask students to write their names across the palms of the hand outline. Scribe a positive word suggested by the students to describe themselves along each finger of the hand outline, writing a different word on each finger.
  3. Cut out the hands or ask students to.
  4. Staple the thumbs or little fingers of each of the cut out hands together to make a class set. String the hands along the wall.

  1. Take digital or Polaroid photos of each student’s face.
  2. Copy or paste the photographs onto a body outline (such as paper dolls)
  3. Ask each student to write his or her name on the chest of a paper doll.
  4. Ask students to add features and appropriately colour the dolls in their likeness.
  5. Join the hands of each paper doll in groups of five or six. Pin the paper dolls to the wall or around the classroom.
  6. Ask each student to suggest a positive word which describes a person in their group, for example: “Lee is kind”. Scribe the word they have suggested on or around their paper doll. Do this with all of the students.