7 Icebreakers to Use with Students in The First Week of The New School Year

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August, 2014
looking for some icebreakers to use with your students? The graphic below created by Busy Teacher features 7 practical icebreaker activities you can employ in your class using Post-it notes. These activities are:

Hidden treasure
Write several icebreaker questions on the sticky side of post-it notes and stick them to the board. Each students takes turns choosing 1 sticky note and answering the question on the back. He then chooses another student to answer the same question.

Two truths and a life
Give each student 3 post-it nots. On 2 notes, she writes something true about herself, on the third- something false. Students share in groups of 4-5 and try to guess which statement is each player's lie.

Question mixer
Write the name of a well known person on a sticky note. Stick a note to each student's back. Students ask classmates 1 yes/no question at a time until they have figured out who is on their back.

Where are you from?
For a class of internationals, give each person a post-it not flag to place on their home country on your classroom world map. After everyone has placed their post-it, students try to guess whose note is whose

Get to know you
Have each student write 5 facts about him/herself on a post-it note, then put the notes on the board. Choose one and read it aloud. Try to guess who wrote it. When you get the right S, that person takes a turn with the remaining notes. Continue until all the note are gone.

A matched set
Students write 5 fun facts about themselves, turn the paper in to you. Write each fact on a post-it along with a matching one with that student's name. When students are not in the room, put the post-it all around the room. Students race to match the names with the correct facts.

All star class
Have each student draw a self portrait and display them on a bulletin board in class. Each person writes a positive adjective describing each of his classmates on a star shaped sticky not and sticks it to the self portrait. Do this activity in 1 day or over a period of time, let students take their portraits home.

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