How to Break the Ice: Icebreakers and Warm-up Activities
Icebreakers are important when you are trying to get to know your students.
You may use the icebreakers to get your students talking or uou can adapt these into activities to use when starting new topics.
Here are some fun icebreakers you can do.
Try These Ice-Breakers:
1. Ask get-to-know-you questions.
For this activity, asking about students’ favorites is a good way to go. For example, ask about their favorite sports, their favorite movie genres, their favorite animals, etc.
You’ll be giving students four answer choices—one for each corner. For example, if you’re asking about favorite animals, you might give them these choices: 1. Dog 2. Cat 3. Fish 4. Bird.
This helps to get to know the student and it also lets the student see what you and him/her have in commo, a good starting point for chit chat or developing connection.
2. Tongue twisters
Tongue twisters may seem a little drab but you will be surprised how much they can energise your classroom if utilised in the right way. Begin by writing a simple tongue twister on the board (i.e. She sells sea shells on the sea shore). Let your student attempt the tongue twister and do it with them. Infuse a sense of urgency by telling them to repeat it faster and faster and in different tones of voice. Have some fun 🙂
3. Use a toy
Introduce a third friend into the classroom, your toy lol.
This could be especially helpful when the kid is very young, as you would use the toy to teach the student. And then the student could repeat from you in a more relaxing environment.
Icebreakers are excellent because they often get students moving or thinking creatively. They can be lots of fun and dissolve any tension or nervousness there might be in your class.