8 Ways To Break The Ice With Students
Whether it is the beginning of a new school year, or first day back after a holiday break, sometimes students just need a little push to help them get comfortable with you and their peers. Try these fun activities to break the ice with your students.
Fact Fury Posterboard
All teachers have a“tangent” student. This is the student who always has his or her hand up, but not necessarily for the right reasons. You may be amid the best mythology lesson when a student shares with the class, “Twinkies were actually first banana flavored”. To curb the tangents while encouraging knowledge and sharing, create a “Fact Fury” poster. Prior to the bell, the students are allowed to write down true (correctly spelled) facts, along with the information source. These facts can be incorporated into daily lessons later on, if you wish.
When creating a test, instead of leaving a space for them to put their names, format it in one of these ways:
______________ will rock the test!
______________ is an awesome student!
________________ is filled with knowledge!
Using sign language or body movements without speaking, let the students figure out where in the classroom their group is going to gather. Students love this, and it facilitates quicker transitions.
Air-guitar spelling or vocabulary
Let students pair up and practice spelling, or review vocabulary by spelling it in the air as the other guesses it. Once the word is guessed, the students end with a encore of air guitar.
Limerick Guess Who’s
Create a witty limerick about each student in the class without including names, or have students pick names from a hat and write their own. Display one poem each day in your classroom and have students guess who is the subject. Limericks can also be used to have students review ideas or previous lessons.
Free Bird! I mean Free Verse
Take a goofy class picture and photo shop students’ heads on stick people. Give each student a speech bubble, and have them copy down one of their favorite quotes or lines of poetry. Post these together on a bulletin board. Teachers can also place the stick people around the school, and their speech conversation bubbles can have science facts, or math problems.
Frenzy Pocket Recommendations
As a way to promote reading, take the back of jean pockets and staple them to a bulletin board. Have students write down book recommendations on note cards and stick them in the pockets.
Locker Grammar Jam
On each of the students’ lockers, post Latin and Greet roots, prefixes, and suffixes. As a competition, students are to see how many words they can recall on one another’s lockers with the root, prefix, and suffix.