At the beginning of the year, I often start with a set of note cards and have students fill out basic information about themselves. This helps me gather quick information about my students to connect with them on different levels.. I thought of an interesting way to turn this process into a small icebreaker activity, so I thought I would share. You can use regular notecards for this or you can download an easy printable from our TpT Store that I created to save time.
1. Each student should be given a note card (or you can use our printable). **Teacher Tip: If you want to assign seats on the first day of school, label each card with a number, distribute them as the students enter your room, and have them sit at the number on the card - two birds, one stone!
2. On the front of the note card, have students answer a set of predetermined questions about themselves. This should be anything that will help you get to know them better. I include birthdays as well to write on my class calendar. I usually project these onto the front board using the presenter or if you use the printable, they are done for you.
3. On the back of the note card, have students come up with five questions to ask a classmate. These should be questions that will help them guess who answered the questions.
4. You can do the next part two ways - you can collect and redistribute the papers to another student yourself or you can have students pass them around "hot-potato" style until you say stop. (Music is always fun for this.)
5. Once the new student answers the questions, collect all of the papers yourself and give them to their original owner. (Do not have them pass them around again or they may be able to easily guess who had it.)
6. Take turns guessing who answered the questions. Have each student read their questions and the answers out loud and then guess who answered them. If they have trouble, open it up to the class to guess.
There you have it - you can collect information about your students and include an icebreaker activity at the same time. Hopefully you find this activity useful for your own classroom.