Entertaining Icebreakers for the First Day of School

Back-to-school blog series #4

August 23, 2016

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In the Classroom

First-day-of-school icebreakers can do triple duty for your classroom: They ease kids into a new environment, establish a sense of community, and allow students to get to know their new peers and new teacher. If you’re looking for some fun ways to break the ice with your students this year, check out the ideas below!

 

 

 

 

 

Start a Conversation

Icebreakers are great avenues for conversation, and giving students specific topics to talk about can spark lively discussions and ease first-day nerves.

  • Encourage students to discover fun facts about each other (like who can skateboard or who has an older sibling) with this personalized Bingo game.
  • Split your students into pairs and have them interview each other using these questions. Then, give students a chance to introduce their partner to the class or write a short paragraph about their new friend.
  • Play the classic Two Truths and a Lie game. Remember to model the game yourself, so that your students learn some facts about their teacher too!

Stir Up Creativity

Start off the school year by giving your students a creative way to express themselves—and add some artistic masterpieces to your classroom walls while you’re at it.

  • Ask your students to make their own “baseball card” with a self-portrait, bio, and fun fact like their favorite color, pet’s name, or favorite food. (You can find a free baseball card template here.)
  • Have students share what they did during their summer vacation by drawing postcards that show where they traveled, what books they read, or other summer adventures.
  • Boost your classroom decor with a museum-worthy mural that builds community. This how-to helps you make an artistic puzzle with pieces that represent each student.

Inspire Quiet Kids

Some students feel a lot of anxiety when asked to speak on the spot. Include shy students in your getting-to-know-you activities with an icebreaker that’s geared towards introverts.

  • Play a game that opts for actions over words. With the “Sit Down If” game, the teacher reads a statement like Sit down if you like ice cream and students sit down if the statement applies to them.
  • For introverts, being tasked to share an interesting personal fact can be a lot harder than it sounds. Try asking students questions that are more experience-based, like the last movie that made them laugh or the last surprising thing they learned.
  • Ask your students to organize themselves in different ways: they could line up in order of their birthdates or gather in groups based on their favorite season. This kicks off discussion between students in a low-pressure way.

Do you have a favorite icebreaker that you use in your classroom? Share it with us in the comments below.

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All Comments (2)

Awesome blossom September 3, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Please make some language arts for pre-k students like make some Abc based things

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The IXL Team September 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

We just released language arts for pre-K! You can find it here: https://www.ixl.com/ela/pre-k

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