My friend’s friend’s cooperating teacher has a class pet (a gerbil I think) that she named E-G-B-D-F to help kids remember the names of the notes on the treble clef staff. I loved the idea and stole it BUT I didn’t want to have to deal with a furry creature, wanted less upkeep duties, and wanted something cheap that I could easily replace when the pet inevitably died. So, I got a class betta fish. When I tell Kind/1st/2nd graders about him I tell them his whole name “Eegee B. DiEff” but I mention that they can just call him “Eegee” or even “EG” for short. They love him merely for the fact that he’s a fish and they can look at him and go and say hi to him.
It gets really fun when we get to third grade and they actually start learning about the staff. I refer back to the fish (that they’ve talked to and loved on for a few years) and ask them his name. I remind them of the whole name and a lightbulb goes off. “OH. MY. GOSH. Mr, Row! The names of the line notes are the name of your fish!!!” Bam! And then I mention that EG would say that he has a very handsome “F-A-C-E.” The cool thing about the betta fish is that if you hold a mirror up to him he’ll flare out his little gills and fluff himself up. These fish are “fighting fish” and if you show them their reflection they’ll try and puff up to scare it off. So, kids already know that he likes looking in the mirror and EG saying he has a very handsome “FACE” is an easy connection.
Yes, it's a weird name for a fish. Of course I could just call him Beethoven or something, but the kids remember this. They know it's weird but they also know that it's unique. They remember it and after saying it a couple of times they don't question that it's weird, they actually like it. It's a fun little trick and what a great way to reinforce content! :D