Personal Information

By Activity Bank on Aug 05, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Charlotte Cushman and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Knowing your name and where you live is important information for a student to have; it gives them the tools to make their way in the larger world. This activity teaches students to be able to use factual information about themselves for safety and social reasons. Lessons include English Language Arts, Independent Living and Social Skills.

Materials

Identification cards stating personal information

Procedure

  • Help students to learn to answer the following factual questions:
    • What is your name?
    • How old are you?
    • Where do you live? What is your address?
    • What is your telephone number?
    • Where do you go to school? (or work)
    • Do you have any allergies?
    • Do you take any medication?
    • What is your mother/father/guardian’s name?
    • When is your birthday?
  • Have students practice asking each other this information. Role-play a situation in which two people meet each other for the first time: “Hi! My name is Jill Lewis. What’s your name?”
  • Have students take turns interviewing each other. Have them introduce their partner to the class. “This is Matthew Stevens. He is 12 years old. He lives at 74 Eagle Street.”

Variations

If a student is nonverbal or seems unable to learn factual information about herself, make identification cards which provide critical information in case of an emergency. The student should carry this information at all times. Medic alert tags can also be worn to tell about specific medical conditions.

Hint: Be sure that students understand that they should not give this information to random strangers. Discuss which people would be most helpful to give this information to in an emergency (police officer, doctor, etc.)