Ice Breaker Introduction Game

I firmly believe that nothing is as powerful or serves better to foster strong bonds within a classroom as building a sense of community. This takes precedence for me over delving right into the textbooks during the first days of school.

I really hit Community Building experiences hard during the first two weeks of school. I also incorporate community building strategies into the curriculum after winter holiday/spring breaks, or when a new student(s) joins the class later on.

Community Building exercises can help make the ‘new kid’ feel welcome and the ‘old kids’ feel the strength to be found in a close-knit community.

Resources for Community Building are available through parent-teacher stores and teacher magazines. I would like to share a few of these with you that have proven successful in my classes.

ACTIVITY: Ice Breaker Introduction Game

To ‘break the ice,’ one such activity that I use is a “Name Game.” It works like this: I will have the students form a circle. I hold a squish ball, and model first by saying my name, and one very exciting thing I did over the summer.

When I have finished, I gently toss the ball underhand to a student for him/her to follow suit. We do this until every student has had an opportunity to share! Kids love this!



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Steve Hiles

I am a retired military and elementary school teacher living in Tennessee. I am an avid reader and love to write. I am very passionate about helping teachers. I hope you find my educational tips and strategies useful and enjoy hearing about my personal journey. Thanks for visiting!

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