This more-than-just-average icebreaker will get your kids up and moving while they learn about their classmates during those first few days of school! It's perfect for a brain break between beginning of the year assessments. It works great as an activity during those first days when you're all still trying to get into a routine. The possibilities are endless!
Here's how it works: Students walk around and find classmates that fit into the various categories, and then the pair must choose an activity card and complete the exercise together. There's even a parent letter that students complete that can be sent home so parents get a chance to see what's happening in the beginning of the school year. It's a great way to get kids writing, exercising, and meeting new friends, all while having fun!
Teachers have a lot of flexibility with this product. It was designed to be used as a whole class, but can easily be adapted for smaller groups. The activity cards can be printed out and put in one spot in the classroom (like a back table), but I've found that it works better to have 2 or 3 different spots in the room with the activity cards, that way students aren't running into each other in their excitement to draw a card and complete the exercise. Since there are 2 pages of 12 categories, teachers can either print the pages double sided and do them all at once, or they can be completed on 2 separate days as a way to break up the beginning of the year tasks. This product can even be used between 2 classes as a way to get to know more students than just the ones in your class!
This product includes:
2 pages of categories (24 total)
4 pages of activity cards (24 total)
1 parent letter page
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