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Ice Breaker, "Mingle, Mingle, Mingle!"
"This is a great icebreaker for a class to get to know each other
better, and it also gives students a chance to get up and move around! Give
students an index card, and on that card, have them write a question they
would like to ask other students (like "what is your favorite song",
"do you have any siblings" etc). Have students move around room
singing "Mingle mingle mingle!" (like the cha-cha) and when the
teacher says stop, students should grab the person closest to them to exchange
answers to both of their questions. After they have talked for about 30
seconds about their answers, students exchange cards so they have a different
question to ask, and "mingle" again!"
The Toilet Paper Game
"For an icebreaker to be used with any grade. Throw out a role of
toilet paper and tell the students to take as much as they need. (Don't
tell them what it's for). After everyone has taken some, have them tear
the toilet paper at the perforations. For each square of paper in their
possession, they have to share one fact about themselves."
"Get your students use to collecting information about each other
early on in the school year. Place students in groups and encourage them
to exchange phone numbers, email addresses or any information that is useful
to get in touch with each other. During this time, ask students to share
with each other some of the classes they have taken and hints on how they
have studied in the past to get good grades. During this time, you can also
encourage them to form study groups and meet after class time or show them
how to set up a chat room discussion that enables them to meet online. This
is also a great way to get students to communicate with each other outside
"To help students get in touch with what's important to them and to
introduce themselves to others in the class. Students will need construction
paper and markers or crayons. Students are told to imagine that the piece
of paper in an island. The island is theirs and they can have anything on
the island that they want. Encourage the students to draw images of anything
that they'd like to have on their "Fantasy Island"... After drawings are
finished, students are paired off with a buddy. They share with each other
about their island. After 5-10 minutes, the pairs are invited to share with
the class what they've discovered about their buddies' similarities and
What Am I?
"Years ago before I got into administration, I would start every year off with this game. I would take out about 100 post-it notes and then give one to each student. Students would get in circle. Each student writes a noun (person, place, or thing) on the card. Then they stick the post-it on the forehead of the person to their right, noun showing. Each person then gets a turn to ask the group a "yes/no" that will help them guess what it is. If they don't get it right, we move on to the next person in the circle clockwise. I usually give some sort of prize to the three people that took the least number of guesses to get it right."