Ice Breakers

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  1. Ptycast

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    What are some fun ice breakers for the first day or week to use on students?
     
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    What grade level or subject?
     
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    I teach 8th-12th. I did This or That with most of my classes and Two Truths and a Lie with my speech kids.
     
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    AnonyMS 7th grade ELA SDI in Texas

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    Remind me... what is This or That?
     
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    In 7th Grade English, we do a question game. The students (in groups) ask questions about the teacher or class. For each question, they get a card with a letter on it. At the end, they try to spell a long word with their cards. The group with the longest (or best, or funniest, or whatever) word gets a prize.

    We also do an anticipation guide (KWL Style) with a teacher's autobiography. Then the kids write their own autobiographies.

    Last year, we played a game where the kids wrote some facts about themselves, crumpled the paper into a ball and tried to make it in a basket at the front of the room. Once we were done throwing, students went up one at a time, picked up a paper and read it, then tried to guess who it was about. The kids really like to throw paper!
     
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    You can do the 'name whip' or 'what is this'.
     
  8. Ptycast

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    Thanks,

    I'll be teaching Computers and Math. I don't know what the name whip is or what is this. In detail it's my first year. Also it's low-performing school 9th - 12 th graders. I like this one

    "Last year, we played a game where the kids wrote some facts about themselves, crumpled the paper into a ball and tried to make it in a basket at the front of the room. Once we were done throwing, students went up one at a time, picked up a paper and read it, then tried to guess who it was about. The kids really like to throw paper! "
     
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    This or That mostly lets my kids burn off some first day energy :lol: I give them two choices like summer or winter and point to a side of the room for each. If they prefer summer they go to one side and if they prefer winter they go to the other. I participate as well so they can get to know me a little bit.

    Some I did are:
    Summer or Winter
    Coke or Pepsi
    Football or Basketball
    History/English or Math/Science
    Reading or Writing (After they choose I always tell them it doesn't matter because we'll be doing both :lol:)
    Ohio State or Michigan
    Comedy or Drama (I always use this one to tell them about our Shakespeare play)
     

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