The more often students are exposed to Hebrew and practice using it, the stronger their language skills will be. Boost your Hebrew classes this week with a quick activity to learn to say your name and the names of other students. It comes from our new Hebrew resource book, Hebrew Alive!

Make it a school-wide activity across all grade levels and have fun encouraging everyone to practice their new Hebrew phrases during the week. 

Whose Name Is It? 


In the following quick and fun activity, students will learn the Hebrew phrases:  

______הַשֵׁם שֶׁלוֹ   (His name is_____)

______הַשֵׁם שֶׁלָה (Her name is_____)

_____הַשֵׁם שֶׁלִי (My name is_____)


Write the phrases on the board or a flip chart.


Arrange students in a circle close to one another. They can be sitting on chairs or on the floor. Explain the purpose of the game and refer to the words on the board.


Going clockwise, each student should say his or her name:

._________ הַשֵׁם שֶׁלִי (My name is _________.)


The next student repeats the previous student’s name by using the phrase:

______הַשֵׁם שֶׁלוֹ (His name is_____)


. ______הַשֵׁם שֶׁלָה  (Her name is_____)followed by:

._____שְׁמִי (My name is_____.)


For example,

Danny says:

הַשֵׁם שֶׁלִי דָנִי. (My name is Danny.)


Ruthie, pointing to Danny and then to herself, says:

הַשֵׁם שֶׁלוֹ דָנִי. הַשֵׁם שֶׁלִי רוּתִי. (His name is Danny. My name is Ruthie.)


Adam, pointing to Ruthie and then to himself, says:

הַשֵׁם שֶׁלָה רוּתִי. הַשֵׁם שֶׁלִי אָדָם. (Her name is Ruthie. My name is Adam.)


Continue until all names have been called.

 Click here for a downloadable version of this activity.

 Here are some other ideas for creating a Hebrew-rich learning environment:

  • • Hang alef bet charts, posters, and word labels around the walls. Click here to download 285 Hebrew word cards.
  • • Call on students using their Hebrew names. This will not only help them feel more comfortable with spoken Hebrew, but will also reinforce a sense of Jewish identity and belonging.
  • • Play music with Hebrew lyrics during breaks, or as soft background music. Music can be contemporary or traditional.

Whose Name Is It? comes from Hebrew Alive, a curriculum guide for teachers to bring the fun and joy of real Hebrew language into their classesStudents from 2nd-7th grades experience authentic Hebrew through games, movement, role playing, and songs. Fully self-executing; no training required. Use the 285 free printable Hebrew word cards for labels and sight words. 




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