Ice Breakers and Team Activities
Autobiography Poem: The first day of school, tell students that their first assignment will be to write a poem. You will usually hear moans and groans at this point, especially if you teach a subject like Math. Tell students that this will be the easiest poem they have ever written because it will be about themselves. The first line is their first name, the second line is three words that describe themselves, the third line is three things they like, the fourth line is three things they do not like, the fifth line is three movies they have seen (could do books they have read, but movies usually get a better response), the sixth line is three fears they have, the seventh line is three things they like about school, the eighth line is two goals they have, the nine line is a place they would like to visit, and the tenth line is their last name. You could adjust any of these lines to suit your classes. Then collect the poems and read them aloud. Have the students guess which poem goes with which person. As you read the poems, omit the first and last lines. You can give bonus points to the one who gets the most correct.
Snowball Fight: Give everyone a white sheet of paper. Along with their name, ask them to write one thing they are excited about, one thing they are nervous about, and one thing they would like to learn. (They can draw a picture if they aren't able to write yet.) Then have them wad it up and have a snowball fight with the other students. Next, everyone should pick up a snowball and read the information. Finally, everyone should work together to find who it belongs to. This is great for getting to know each other and seeing what their fears and expectations really are. At the end of the year, it's usually what they remember most.
Teacher True/False Quiz: About a week after school starts, pass out a true/false quiz about yourself. Create approximately 10 statements which deal with things you’d like the students to know about you, and some random true facts that they always think are false. Once the students have silently taken the quiz, go through the statements together. Ask them to raise their hand if they think a statement is true, then, if they think it is false. This part will help you seen what impressions they have about you. Finally, tell them the correct answer. They love it! Their homework assignment that night is to write a true/false quiz about themselves, which you can then take. They can then grade how well you did on their quiz. You will learn quite a bit about them by taking their quiz.
Name That Food: Icebreakers for high school students need to stir some fun in the room. Gather all the students and make them sit in a circle. Every person sitting in the circle has to introduce themselves and then name the food they like, which has to start with the first letter of their name. For example 'My name is Mandy. I like M &M'. The next person has to remember what the previous person said, recite the whole thing and then introduce himself/herself. It's hilarious fun when the game reaches the last person.
Line-‐up: Divide the group into two. Each team will compete against each other to see who can get the challenge done faster. Challenges could be line up according to birthdays, alphabetically by first