Kids love this activity! It's great for classroom management or an ice breaker as it gives kids an opportunity for movement and interaction.
Students pair up with a partner of the same gender, and need a yardstick. They stand 3 feet apart, toe-to-toe and record their comfort level using a 1-5 scoring rubric. They repeat this procedure moving closer in 1 inch increments. They stop when they get to their "1" comfort level.
The guys posture and laugh, and the girls giggle. Everyone has fun! Kids forget they're in class and just relax. It's a great way to get to know what kids are thinking and connect with them more than just as the teacher. Reflection questions are included in the complete document.
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