Free Icebreaker and Team Building Activity - Distance Learning

Grade Levels
7th - 11th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • PDF
10 pages, 17 slides


Use this free icebreaker activity for back to school in any secondary class (recently updated with a new Google Slides activity for online learning). It’s a great way to build relationships, learn student names, and create a positive classroom climate.

For the traditional activity, students walk around the classroom asking one another questions to get to know one another better while practicing their speaking and listening skills. For the virtual activity, students respond to prompts in a whole-class presentation and then reflect individually.

The activity includes the following:

  • Teacher instructions for print activity
  • Teacher instructions for Google Slides activity
  • 17 Google Slides
  • Five print handouts
  • Student directions

This activity can now be used with a variety of online learning platforms including Google Classroom™, MS Teams™, Schoology™, and more!

If you enjoy this activity, you may be interested in these other activities for classroom management and team building.

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Total Pages
10 pages, 17 slides
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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