If you are like me, you might find yourself in a rut of creating similar icebreaker worksheets year after year. This worksheet can help you mix it up! Here are a variety of ice breaker questions for middle school students, high school students, or adults to respond to. What made it successful for me?
1. Students are able to choose what they want to share, and they aren't required to share responses they aren't comfortable with.
2. Students may not understand the question, "If I was a material object..." at first. When I told my students I would be a slinky because it would be fun to roll over down the stairs, they got excited and started brainstorming creative objects for themselves.
3. Once students were done with this worksheet, I collected it. The next day I passed the worksheets back out to their original owners. Each worksheet was stapled to another worksheet, and those two students were partners. The kids shared their responses in groups of two at first; then they introduced each other to the entire class.
Harper and Chris are partners. Harper introduces Chris to the class and shares three responses Chris was comfortable with Harper sharing about him. Then Chris introduces Harper to the class and shares three responses Harper was comfortable letting Chris share about her. The students were able to talk one on one to another student in class, they become comfortable speaking in front of their peers in a low-stress situation, and they shared fun information about each other to build community.
You can change this activity to suit the needs of your classroom of course. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!