Like the first day in any place, the first day of class can be a bit awkward situation. Unknown faces both for the teacher and the students, full of curiosity and expectations for the new school year, are trying to get to know each other and create a warmer atmosphere in the classroom. In this case, an "Ice Breaking Game" would certainly do the job.
This year I used two new for me Ice breakers - "Spider Web" and "Roll the Dice, Break the Ice".
You will need a ball of yarn.
Students stand up or sit in a circle. One student ties the loose end of yarn around a finger and gives us a piece of information about himself (his name when younger learners are involved and more complex information when older learners participate). Then he chooses a teammate and passes the ball of yarn to him. Now it's his turn to tell us something about himself. Play continues this way until every student has a loop on his finger. If they succeed at this mission, they’ve created a great work of art!
Roll the Dice, Break the Ice
You will need two dice, and a list of questions or incomplete sentences.
I played this game with my older students. After I created some questions to correspond with each number on the die, I asked students to roll the dice and complete the sentence that corresponded with that number. After two rounds of rolling the dice, I let them choose and complete the sentence they liked most.
My name is Fotini Kastrinaki and teaching English is a passion of mine. I've been teaching young learners since 2003. I live in Heraklion with my husband and my two lovely sons. My favourite colour is mint green and my favourite season is summer. In my spare time I love baking, reading books, listening to music, dancing and playing with my boys.