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This pack includes 5 Back-to-School ice-breaker activities that can be played on the first week of school. The games are a fun way for students to get to know each other. The games are printable PDF versions of:
•Dear Me: This activity could be a fun way to start off the year. The first worksheet is a questionnaire by which the students can record information about themselves that will be useful when composing their letter. Writing a letter to oneself, to be received at a later date, is a great way to capture moments and memories in a capsule of sorts, There is also a Dear Me template that can be used to help students structure their letters. I include the questionnaire and letter in my student’s envelopes; when they receive them at the end of the year they can see what has changed, and what remains the same.
•Guess Who: This is a fun activity that students can use to either get to know each other better, or see how much they know about their classmates. As the directions state, they fill in the worksheet with facts about themselves. When they are done, the worksheets are collected and read anonymously in front of the class. Students can guess which student is which in this fun game.
•Gummy Bear Getting to Know You: In this game, students work in pairs, groups, or as a class. They pick a gummy bear, or one is provided to them, from a brown paper bag, and they answer the question that corresponds with its color.
•People Bingo: This is my favorite, I like to play different versions of it at the beginning and end of the year! This one gets students out of their seats and walking around! They are first required to fill out their Bingo cards, by consulting their classmates, and seeing who has done what. Once their Bingo cards are filled out, I put all of their names into a bin, and randomly draw them out. When a name is called out, the student can cross that square off their card.*Reminder* If the students need to use names of teachers or staff to complete their Bingo cards, make sure those names make it into the bin, as well. Once the game begins, the first student to get 5-in-a-row marked of their card wins the Bingo!
•Two Truths and a Lie: This activity was designed for students to reflect on their own hobbies, and get to know one another a little better. Each student gets a card and writes down two true statements, and one false one. While this activity was meant as an ice breaker, it can also be used as a review game for many different subjects. Students then work in pairs, groups, or as a class, and try to determine which statement is false. It works better if the students are asked not to make their fibs to obvious, I’ve included two different templates for this activity.