Icebreakers are an extremely useful way to get students talking and learning about one another. The perfect way to build community in your classroom, icebreakers come in all forms and are perfect for all age levels.
In some classrooms, like my own, there are rarely new students arriving from out of the area, so most of the kids already know each other. In cases like this, students need to be guided into digging a little deeper and making connections with students they may not have before.
I've decided that a fun way to do this in my classroom is by getting them up and moving in a structured way by combining the fun and movement of a SCOOT game with all the meaning of a traditional icebreaker activity! I have mentioned this activity in a previous post, but really wanted to explain just what it is.
You are free to run the activity any way you wish. I prefer to spread the SCOOT cards all around the classroom - on the desks, the floor, shelves - so students are moving the entire time. They should move individually around the room, heading to a new card each time and waiting quietly for a partner to join them. Students should be encouraged to meet with every other student in the room before catching someone for a second time.
You may wish to structure this more, with a teacher-directed rotation. It is totally up to you!
I'd love to hear what sorts of icebreaker activities you use in your classroom! Leave me a comment below!