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Back to School Ice Breakers

Back to School Ice Breakers for Classrooms

The start of a new school year can be both exciting and stressful for students and teachers alike. One way to ease the transition and create a positive classroom environment is to use some ice breakers. Icebreakers are activities that help people get to know each other, build rapport, and foster collaboration. Here are some examples of icebreakers that you can use in your classroom.

Icebreaker 1: Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie: This is a classic icebreaker that can be adapted for any age group or subject. Each person writes down two true statements and one false statement about themselves on a piece of paper. Then, they take turns reading their statements aloud and the rest of the group tries to guess which one is the lie. This is a fun way to learn some interesting facts about each other and practice critical thinking skills.

Icebreaker 2: Find Someone Who

Find Someone Who: This is a bingo-style ice breaker that encourages movement and interaction. Each person gets a sheet of paper with a grid of statements, such as “Find someone who has traveled to another country” or “Find someone who plays an instrument”. The goal is to find someone who matches each statement and write their name in the corresponding box. The first person to fill their grid or get a bingo (five in a row) wins. This is a great way to discover common interests and hobbies among the group.

Icebreaker 3: Human Knot

Human Knot: This is a physical ice breaker that challenges teamwork and problem-solving skills. The group forms a circle and each person grabs the hand of someone across from them, forming a human knot. Then, they have to untangle themselves without letting go of their hands. This is a fun way to break the ice and get everyone moving and laughing.

This ice break is best on a voluntary basis due to the physical nature and close proximity of the activity. Use it with discretion for your specific community and culture.

Icebreaker 4: Flip

Flip a Free App for Classroom Icebreakers
Free Flip App

Have you tried Flip (formerly Flipgrid) with your students yet? It’s a free app that allows teachers and students to record and share short videos.

It’s perfect for ice breakers.

You can use it to introduce yourself to your students, or have them introduce themselves to you. This is a low-risk way for students who are shy or nervous about talking in front of the class to share their thoughts and ideas.

Ice breaker 5: Toilet Paper Pass

Toilet Paper Pass Ice Break for Back to School

Mrs. Spangler in the Middle shares a fun and creative way to get to know your middle school students. Pass around a roll of toilet paper and ask students to take as much as they need. Then, for each square of toilet paper they take, have them share a fact about themselves. This is a great way to get students talking and learning about each other in a fun and lighthearted way.