Origins of Names


This lesson is designed to acquaint students with the languages that contribute to the development of English. The teacher researches the etymology of students' first names, and in discussion it emerges that the languages of origin (French, English, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Spanish) tell us a lot about the history of the language.

Grade Level: 
Any Grade
Class Time Needed: 
Under 30 minutes
Lesson Plan: 

See attached plan. Other language change lessons on this web site are designed to follow this one. This is also a great icebreaker lesson, involving much interaction, and it provides the teacher with a great opportunity to learn students names!