Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ice breakers, knowing each other and five minutes activities for interaction.

Back to work, back to reality!

Ready to start back? I know in USA an in other countries you are already deep involved in planning objectives, activities, and meetings, as you have started a new school year.

Here in South Europe we are still enjoying the last few days of our deserved Summer holiday.

I hope you will have a good school year and, if you're a reader of this blog, find interesting information to implement in your English class.

So let's start...

There is nothing most intimidating for teachers that coping with a large group of children who you don't know at the begining of school year. And this can be very scary for the children, too!

Getting students to feel at ease in a new classroom usually takes a bit of time and work. English language teachers are always looking for "good communicative ice breakers" that breaks this initial "ice", between us and the children.

We need ice breakers to reduce tension in a particular group, to help children to get to know know each other's names (and you to get to know them, too), to involve them into oral language production, to facilitate conversations between individuals, to allow interaction in the groupand to encourage friendships.

I have listed below some good ice-breaker activities and games web sites, and other materials I use with my students.

Explore them by yourself!

100 ideas to start the year. Back-to-school icebreakers. This is one of my favourites. You can download it for free in pdf format.

Creative Kids at Home. 14 short ice breakers games to know each other at the begining of the school year..
Activity Village. Some nice ice breakers games for children.

Education World. 12 volumes of icebreakers and first day of school activities that help students and teachers get to know each other. You will find lots of activities to help you for sure!

IdeaZone. Ice breakers & Warm ups: Things to get them talking.

Worksheet Library. 10 Great selected classroom ice breakers.  


TeacherVision. Lots of ice breakers to get to know each other and you. Perfect for new teachers and back to school.

Youth Group Games from Australia. Top ten youth group icebreaker games.

FunAndGames.Games, resources, activities and ideas for young children.

And I also use this book a lot for many purposes: 

MCKAY and GUSE (2007). Five-Minute Activities for Young Learners. Cambridge: CUP

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