How to Make a Name Chart

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How to Make a Name Chart

Welcome to Make and Take Monday! Today I’m going to show you how to make an easy and inexpensive name chart for your classroom that can be used for a variety of purposes.

I make the name chart pictured above each year, it can be used to store student name cards, promote name recognition, name writing, and serve as an attendance taking tool. I place the name cards on a table; as students enter the classroom each day they are required to find their own name card and place it in the corresponding pocket on the chart. When it’s time to take attendance I can tell who is absent by making note of any name cards that remain on the table. This helps students recognize their names and helps me take attendance at the same time.

Each pocket on the chart is labeled with the child’s name as well as a small, round sticker. I assign each student a specific sticker at the beginning of the year and that symbol is placed next to the child’s name whenever it appears in print in the classroom such as on cubbies, BEAR books, and the word wall. The name cards are also used as a model whenever students want to write their names. For example if a child wants to write his or her name on something they did in the writing center they can get their name card to use as a model.

You will need the following materials:

  • Poster board
  • Library pockets (self-adhesive are best)
  • Glue stick (if you are not using self-adhesive library pockets)
  • Address labels
  • Small stickers
  • Laminating film
  • X-acto knife
  • Name cards

To make your name chart you will need to attach the pockets to the poster board first. It’s always best to add several extra pockets just in case you get new students throughout the year. Next, type your student’s names onto your address labels in the same font you will use for their name cards (more details about name cards can be found here) then add a small sticker next to each child’s name making sure there are no duplicates. Next, laminate your chart and use the X-acto knife to cut open the library pockets at the top. Place the chart in or near your writing center so the cards will be easily accessible to your students when they need them.

About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.


  1. I use’s labels and give each child an animal to use in the same way you use the stickers. Cute!

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