Back-to-School Icebreakers

By Ashleigh Randazzo

Objective:

Fun ways to engage conversations between students and teachers. Also an exciting way to get to know each other.

Icebreakers:

The Blanket Game, Two Truths and a Lie, Shoe Pile, Signs, and Group Juggle.

Explanation of Icebreakers:

The Blanket Game a funny icebreaker to get to know other people in the room. A large blanket is held up between two groups, and one player from each team stands behind the blanket. The goal of the game is to be the first to identify the other person behind the blanket.

Two Truths and a Lie is a classic get-to- know you icebreaker. Players tell two truths and one lie to their partner. The object of the game is to determine which statement is the false one.

Shoe Pile– Ask everyone to take off one of their shoes (only one). Have everyone throw their shoe into a big pile in the center. Continue by one player at a time picking a shoe and saying three things they like about the shoe. Finally have the player guess who the shoe belongs to.

Signs– Each person chooses an action word to go with their name (e.g., “Swimming Sam”), then show the action to the group who repeat it. This is continued by going in a circles repeating your sign first, and then someone else’s sign. This stimulates a way to introduce oneself and learn people’s names.

Group Juggle– Throwing balls to others in a circle and learning names. This can be extended to “warp speed” by seeing how fast the group can throw balls through a set order to each group member.

We look forward to hearing your Back to School activities!

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