WHO AM I? – Back to School Nameplate

Students use markers and crayons, or coloured pencils to create a nameplate that communicates ideas about who they are, and then use the nameplates to introduce themselves to their classmates.

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WHO AM I? – Back to School Nameplate


  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers
  • Crayola Twistables Coloured Pencils
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Light Weight Cardboard such as Tag Manilla


Step 1
  1. Brainstorm a list of qualities that represent who you are.
  2. Think about the things you like to do and words that describe your personality.
  3. Sketch some symbols that could represent these ideas.
Step 2
  1. Fold the paper in half lengthwise – long end to long end.
  2. Make a crisp fold.
  3. Open the paper.
  4. Draw the letters of your name on the top half of the fold.
  5. Leave a space of about 3 cm (1.25") from the outer edge of the paper to the top of your letters..
  6. Make the letters double outlined.
  7. Make sure the bottom of each letter is on the fold.
Step 3
  1. Refold the paper.
  2. Carefully make small cuts about .24 cm (1/4 in) long at right angles to the fold at the bottom of each letter.
  3. These cuts will make it easier to cut out the letters.
Step 4
  1. Open the paper.
  2. Insert the tip of the scissors into the opening and follow the lines to cut around the letter.
  3. Do NOT cut along the fold at the bottom of each letter.
  4. Keep the background intact.
Step 5
  1. Bend the letters up so they are at right angles to the fold.
  2. Fold the background of the letters down to form a tent.
  3. Prop up your nameplate to see how it looks.
Step 6
  1. Design the bottom of your nameplate using lines, shapes and symbols to communicate your ideas.
  2. Use coloured pencils, crayons and/or markers to complete your design.
  3. Use lots of colour and contrast to make your message stand out.
  4. Break up the space with lines and patterns to create a sense of rhythm.
Step 7
  1. If you do not want to cut out individual letters cut out one rectangle big enough to fit your name.
  2. Cut a decorative border around your name that tells people about your personality.
Step 8
  1. When you have finished colouring the nameplate use a 7 cm x 11 cm (3" x 4.5") piece of tag manilla.
  2. Fold it in half, short end to short end.
  3. Fold the two outer edges up about 1 cm (1/2").
  4. It should look like an accordion fold.
  5. Make sure the biggest fold is facing up towards the fold of the nameplate.
  6. Glue one short edge of the paper to the inside of your nameplate.
  7. Place it along the bottom edge and in the middle.
  8. Glue the other short end to the opposite side of your nameplate.
  9. This will support the nameplate and keep it from falling over when you display it.
Step 9
  1. Work with a partner.
  2. Take turns looking at each other's nameplates.
  3. Tell your partner what you think their design means.
    - What does the nameplate tell you about the artist?
    - What do you see that makes you say that?
  4. Now you tell your partner what you intended your design to mean.
  5. What did you learn about each other?
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