The first day/week of school is always difficult trying to find icebreakers that are different from other teachers, and when it comes to high schoolers especially, we don't want something that is childish or elementary.
This activity not only gets students working in groups and introducing each other to the class, it also teaches them about the multiple intelligence (MI) in a fun and creative way.
Students take a MI test (either electronically or a printable version) and find out their top three MI they identify with. Groups are then made based on the 8 MIs: intrapersonal, interpersonal, naturalistic, language, kinesthetic, spatial, logical/math, and musical. Each group will get a more detailed handout on their specific learning style and then the group has to come up with a way to introduce themselves to the rest of the class in a way that incorporates their learning style or MI.
This product comes with a powerpoint for the teacher to use to introduce the students to each of the MIs along with a detailed, step-by-step lesson plan, the 8 handouts on the MIs for each group, and some ideas for the teacher to help the students in case the students are having trouble thinking of how they can introduce themselves using their MI.
This will be a guarantee hit that will not bore your high schoolers or be redundant from the ice breakers that all the other teachers do. This is a great activity to make your class exciting from the beginning.
This could even be used for training purposes for staff or college students learning about the MIs.