Here is a wonderful, proven ice-breaker activity that encourages students (and teacher) to get to know one another in a comfortable, fun, and supportive manner. "Find-a-Pair" enables the entire class to get out of their seats and discover/rediscover 15 interesting facts and common bonds about their classmates. Upon distributing the activity sheet, students work cooperatively to have each of their classmates sign their name on the appropriate line at least once. The goal is to get every classmate to sign up at least once. For a mega-challenge, complete all the blanks by using a classmate twice after gathering everybody's signature a first time. Your students will love to share their results when time is called! I've found this to be an extremely successful way for a class to bond and get to know one another.