Easy, Engaging Ice Breakers for Students

Creating a sense of community is your classroom is essential. Yet, it can often be tricky to bond students who come from a wide variety of background, interests, and experiences. These ice breakers provide fun, simple ways to get children to know each. They're also great activities for when your lesson is running short and you need a "filler" activity. Take a look and see what ice breakers might work for your classroom!

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    Two Truths & A Lie

    Two Truths & A Lie started out as an ice-breaker or a party game. The rules are simple. You say three things about yourself: two are true, and one is a lie. The rest of the group tries to pick out the lie. I love how this blog adapts this idea to teach content; having students pick out the fake news story to encourage them to read current events? Teaching genius! 

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    Celebrity ID Game

    Summary: An icebreaker where each person has a label with a famous celebrity or character name on their back. Everyone mingles, asking "yes" or "no" questions to gain clues about the name posted on their backs. At the beginning of the year, the names can be celebrities or famous fictional characters. But how great would it be to incorporate this activity into a social students unit by swapping celebrities with historical figures from the time period you are studying?

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    M&M Ice Breaker

    Snacks can be a great motivator! If you'd like to be more health conscious, swap colored candy for multicolored goldfish crackers. Ask student to take one to five pieces of candy. Children reveal different facts about themselves depending on the colors they choose - how fun is that!? This specific plan for the activity comes from TeachersPayTeachers, one of my favorite classroom resources :)

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