Student Desk I.D.

Lesson #12096

Label student desks for ease of identification for back-to-school night and other school functions.

Grade Level:

Create clever holders for pictures, names or initials using decorated binder clips to identify student desks. The clips can also identify study areas or displays and hold messages, place cards and recipe cards.

Placing a photo, name or initials of each student in a binder clip allows a parent to easily spot a child’s desk at back-to-school night or open house.

20616-4IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Notepad Alphabet, Capital Letters - 4 Inch
Adhesive, Binder clips (2"), Construction paper, Crayons, markers, pens or pencils, Photos, Scissors
Adhesive, Binder clips (2"), Construction paper, Crayons, markers, pens or pencils, Photos, Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the names or initials of students from the Notepad Alphabet, Capital Letters, using various colors of construction paper. 
  2. Students can decorate the letters with crayons, markers, pens or pencils.
  3. Mount the decorated letters on pieces of white construction paper.
  4. Make color copies of student photos (several at a time), and mount on construction paper.
  5. Let the students decorate a 2" wide x 3 1/4" long strip of paper. This will wrap all the way around a 2" binder clip.
  6. Adhere the decorated strip to the binder clip, tucking the ends under the edges of the clip.
  7. Clip the decorated letters and/or photos with the binder clip, and stand the clips on student desks (Main Photo).

National Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
Achievement Standard:

  • Students use visual structures and functions of art of communicate ideas.

NA-VA.K-4.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
Achievement Standard:

  • Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.


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