As an extremely shy student, the beginning of a school year filled me with angst. My heart raced before the first bell ever rang.
Until the fourth grade. She let us tell her and everyone else our Ice breakers for boys by playing The Name Game. I was able say my own name pronounced Geena High-dukeand the weight of the world was lifted off of my shoulders. For the next week, we played Get to Know You games as she called them, every day.
My shyness faded quickly that year just because of those daily, just-for-fun, games. I tell you the story above because I truly believe our own childhood experiences help shape the teachers we become. Scholastic Teachables has some dandies — from a reader's theater play that brings a new class together to seating cards with sharable jokes — that are ready to print and run with. Arrival on the very first day of school is different than any other day of the year.
It normally takes about 20 minutes for Ice breakers for boys whole class to assemble due to late buses, parents who needed just a few more photos, and students who accidentally found themselves in the wrong room. This is the perfect activity while we wait for everyone to arrive. When students come in, they find a seat where this word search and a newly Ice breakers for boys pencil are waiting.
My third graders always enjoy searching for their own name along with those of their new classmates. Divide students into groups of 4—6 students and give each group one die and a copy of the D-icebreakers printable.
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To save paper, display the sheet on the interactive whiteboard. Students take turns rolling the die and answering the question that matches their roll.
With students seated in a circle, I pass around a bag of Skittles, telling each student to pick two.
Once everyone has their candies, I turn around the Skit-tell us About Yourself board. Going around the circle, students share information about themselves based on the color candy they have selected.
If you only have enough time to go around once, students can choose between their two colors. If someone has two of the same color, they can give two different answers to the same question or trade with a classmate. This activity Ice breakers for boys also be done with any other assorted colored candies. Pass out the scavenger hunt sheet and watch the students swing into action as they try to find a different classmate for each box.
This activity gets loud in a good way! Students sit Ice breakers for boys a circle and toss a ball to a classmate in the circle. Students share information about themselves using the sentence stems their left and right pointer fingers are closest to.
To prepare the ball for this activity, I used a permanent marker to write the first part of the sentence on one half of the ball while the words I write on the opposite side call for further explanation.
They might answer, This summer I went to visit my grandma during the month of July. In another variation, I use a ball that has several different ideas for sharing information.
On that ball, the student responds to whichever prompt their left pointer finger is touching. Each year I make treat bags for my students to give to them on the first day of school. This activity helps students understand that the classroom they have been assigned to for the next year is a warm and caring environment. I place the bags on desks before school, so as soon as my students walk in the room they see the bags tagged with their names and the words " Your Third Grade Survival Kit.
Shortly before going home, we take all of the items out of our bags one by one and discuss their meaning. The items I have chosen for Ice breakers for boys bag let the students know they are in an encouraging environment where we will all look out for each other and where effort is expected and rewarded. Click on the images above to print you own editable treat bag.
This is a good icebreaker at the start of class, or just when the kids need a break. I tell my students that I want them to line up by the day of their birth, in chronological order from January 1 Ice breakers for boys December Ice breakers for boys use a combination of sign language, charades, and all ten fingers and sometimes toes!
With third graders, this can sometimes take a while.
Once Ice breakers for boys have achieved the task, I have them do it again but in opposite order, from December 31 to January 1. This time, however, they are allowed to talk to each other. The same task that allows talking is always finished more quickly.
Afterwards, we discuss how a team task can be completed more quickly when people communicate with each other. This activity can also be done with first or names in alphabetical order, height, shoe size, etc.
Creating a time capsule the first week of school is a great way to reflect on the changes when it gets revisited during the last week of school. You can create one big time capsule or individual student time capsules that you store.
Potato chip canisters work particularly well for individual Ice breakers for boys capsules. Here is what I plan to put inside this year:. This often includes pictures of best friends and boy bands, sport medals, little toys, etc.
I found this activity last summer and it was a big hit on the second day of school! Students were broken randomly into groups of four.
Each group was given a stack of index cards and a challenge: Build the tallest card tower in the class! Before you could add a card to the tower, you had to write something on it that every member of the team had in common.
There are so many variations of this classic game! The version I play with my third graders involves everyone sitting in a circle and the first person to go says their first and last names, then something they like that starts with the same initial as their first name.
The next student follows with their name and what they like, but then needs to repeat what the previous classmate s said.
She is Kaitlin Smyth and she likes kangaroos. The next student begins the cycle again until everyone has had a turn. This is also easily done Ice breakers for boys names and alliterative places, names and animals, etc. Older students might enjoy playing the rhyming name game using this name game generator.