7 Icebreakers to Use with Students in The First Week of The New School Year

August, 2014
looking for some icebreakers to use with your students? The graphic below created by Busy Teacher features 7 practical icebreaker activities you can employ in your class using Post-it notes. These activities are:

Hidden treasure
Write several icebreaker questions on the sticky side of post-it notes and stick them to the board. Each students takes turns choosing 1 sticky note and answering the question on the back. He then chooses another student to answer the same question.

Two truths and a life
Give each student 3 post-it nots. On 2 notes, she writes something true about herself, on the third- something false. Students share in groups of 4-5 and try to guess which statement is each player's lie.

Question mixer
Write the name of a well known person on a sticky note. Stick a note to each student's back. Students ask classmates 1 yes/no question at a time until they have figured out who is on their back.

Where are you from?
For a class of internationals, give each person a post-it not flag to place on their home country on your classroom world map. After everyone has placed their post-it, students try to guess whose note is whose

Get to know you
Have each student write 5 facts about him/herself on a post-it note, then put the notes on the board. Choose one and read it aloud. Try to guess who wrote it. When you get the right S, that person takes a turn with the remaining notes. Continue until all the note are gone.

A matched set
Students write 5 fun facts about themselves, turn the paper in to you. Write each fact on a post-it along with a matching one with that student's name. When students are not in the room, put the post-it all around the room. Students race to match the names with the correct facts.

All star class
Have each student draw a self portrait and display them on a bulletin board in class. Each person writes a positive adjective describing each of his classmates on a star shaped sticky not and sticks it to the self portrait. Do this activity in 1 day or over a period of time, let students take their portraits home.