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What are some great tried and true ice breakers you use to establish community in your classroom?

May 14, 2014 11:14pm

I would love to hear what ice breakers you use to help your students get to know each other.

  • 6-12
  • Class Culture

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    • May 16, 2014 1:31pm

      Love the support Laura! I will check these out asap. Thank you!!!

      • May 25, 2014 10:12am

        I like to do a "Find Somebody Who" activity. Students go around the room and try to find somebody who has the same interest as they do. You can find tons of these on Teachers Pay Teachers!

        • Jul 14, 2014 8:35pm

          First day of school I like to do the adjective name game. Serves 2 purposes, one is we review adjectives, and two students learn each other's name. It's important that we all refer to each other by first name. I tell students it shows respect.

          All students must come up with an adjective that starts with the the same letter as their first name. Teacher places all students in a circle. The first student says their adjective and name, the next person must say the previous persons adjective/name & their own adjective/name, this gets repeated, by the time it gets to the last person they must say everyone's adjective/name.

          Variations include:

          add a ball where students toss it to each other and must say the adjective/name of person they are tossing it to.

          Time students to see how fast they can say adjectives/names.

          Split into teams and have them race still to see who can get around circle the fastest.

          • Aug 5, 2014 1:30pm

            Education World has a whole archive of ice breakers.

            http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson346.shtml

            I especially know the getting to know you Venn diagram. I think that students finding things that they have in common with fellow classmates is very important because it creates more of a community feel in the classroom. This activity allows students to learn what they have in common with other students while still being able to show off their own individuality.