Are your students tired of hearing the question what they did on their summer vacations? Are you tired of the same routine on the first day of school? Are you tired of waiting for someone to answer because the question is repetitive and unimaginative?
Coming back to school after the summer break, it is impossible to avoid the topic of ‘’what we did this summer’’. But instead of dragging it, you can just change the way you ask the same question, and it changes the entire outlook! By asking them to tell about something THEY DIDN’T DO THIS SUMMER, you not only build a connection with them (after all, you are letting them vent!), but can integrate some grammar lessons at the first class of the year. (students’ answers may include grammatical structures like I WISH I DID/HAD). Moreover, by making questions more specific, you can count on hearing some answers. It is a very good icebreaker that worked well in my classroom this year.
Just cut out the squares with a question on each one and let the drawing begin. This set includes 27 cards.