Back to School / Welcome Back to IN-PERSON LEARNING icebreaker: Human Bingo

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Back to School ice-breaker activity to help students get to know their classmates.

Use this with: 

  • students at the start of the school year

  • or, after you return to IN-PERSON learning after a Covid lockdown. 

There are 3 versions in the handout:

  • Regular human bingo (with generic timeless questions),

  • Welcome Back to IN-PERSON Learning version with questions about how their Covid-19 lock-down experience was, and a

  • BLANK human bingo template.

Things to know:

  • All files can be edited to mix, match or change questions. (Google Docs™ / Microsoft Word™ files included.)

  • Or, just print the NO PREP JUST PRINT version (FILE 0).



We can’t underestimate the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of our students. 

  • Family members may have lost jobs, loved ones, or security and stability. 

  • Our students may be part of homes where problems were made worse by the pandemic.

  • Students may have had a tough time dealing with change.

  • Covid-19 might be a highly controversial topic in some homes with multiple points of view.

As classroom teachers, we often don’t know so much about what our students are struggling with. School might be a safe place for our students in a way that we can’t truly appreciate.

So, while it’s important to acknowledge and provide an opportunity for students to discuss how they are doing (in the same way we ask what our students did during the holiday break), it’s equally important to provide a safe space for the invisible students who might be struggling. 

If you are including questions from the Welcome Back to IN-PERSON Learning version, please consider the following:

  • Giving your students the “right to pass.” They can just say “pass” and not answer any question for whatever reason. No questions asked. 

  • Checking in with your school administration / teacher union / student mental health supports regarding guidelines around discussions about the pandemic

  • Looking at the human bingo questions to make sure they are appropriate for your classroom and teaching style. 

The questions in the WELCOME BACK to IN-PERSON LEARNING try to focus on: 

  • positive elements (i.e. Find someone who learned how to do a new skill) 

  • common experiences (i.e. Find someone who lost their mask) 

  • some challenging experiences in a light-hearted way (i.e. Someone who watched a lot of streaming media)

Remember, you can edit the files for your specific needs.

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Version 2.1: Welcome to the family update

  • No changes to content 
  • Added Welcome to the Family PDF (FILE 1b) which I forgot to include. Oops!

Version 2: Welcome Back to IN-PERSON learning update Aug 24, 2021

Content changes

  • Made the questions more timeless / ever-green 
  • Added WELCOME BACK to IN-PERSON LEARNING questions (FILE 3 - pg 2)

File organization

  • Updated Read Me First (FILE 1a) and added PDF about Educircles (FILE 1b)
  • Changed file numbers to make things consistent with other Educircles products:  
  • FILE 3 Handout (formerly Part 2)
  • FILE 2 Bangers Comic Book Font (formerly Part 3)

Other changes:

  • Added © copyright symbol on handout footers. Educircles products are original works that fall under copyright protection from the moment of creation. The copyright symbol is for clarity and to discourage unauthorized distribution. Please download Educircles products from the Educircles store. (Even the free ones!) 

Version 1: Initial Release Aug 23, 2019

  • Released as a zipped file product on Educircles.org
Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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