Our inquiry unit for this term with the kindergarteners focused on belonging. There was a deliberate social intent - the hope was for the students to be more welcoming of others in their play time. We read many books that dealt with characters who did not feel like they belonged and how this was resolved. (We read Noisy Nora, Can I Play Too? [an Elephant and Piggie book], Small Saul, Spork and Where Oliver Fits.)
Although we did not belabor this point, when it came to working on a name for our various Webkinz (Room K1 has a chicken, Room K2 has a lion fish, and Room 110 has a reindeer), we talked about how giving a name to something or someone shows both how they belong to a group (or family) and also how they are unique or special. We made a conscientious effort to encourage creative naming, i.e. we don't name a girl "Girl" or a dog "Dog", so try to think of something that would be a way of identifying that one Webkinz.
I am relieved and happy to share that we've had our brainstorming, narrowing down of options, and final vote - and the names are actual names!
K1's chicken is called Macdonald.
K2's lion fish is called Unicorn.
Room 110's reindeer is called Santa.