This is a great article for teachers who are tired of using the traditional ice breaking activities. This article outlines the ‘cons’ of most icebreakers and lists three icebreakers that the authoring teacher has implemented in his/her classroom that have worked.
Classic “find someone who…” game tailored for children. This simple activity prompts students to talk with classmates to figure out if they are the right fit for the categories listed on the activity sheet. Great community building exercise.
Great resource for early childhood teachers preparing for a new school year. If you are interested in organizing and getting to know your students better consider using these printable as inspiration to create your own. The original post is linked to a paid resource— photo copies are attached to the blog and are easily accessible.
“How do you like to learn” is a checklist that teachers can hand out during the first day of class. Excellent resource for educators who want to make learning experience comfortable for all learners. Checklist helps differentiate learning preferences.
How can I make my classroom comfortable learning space for new students? Consider using any of these icebreakers as engaging activities for the first days of school. I’ve used many of these in the past and can be adapted to any learning level, ESL learning environment, etc.