Bored with "Find Someone Who"? Tired of "2 Truths, 1 lie"? Yawning over "Get to Know You Surveys"? Chance are, your students are, too. Let's see how to revamp these ice breakers for the 21st century learners in your classroom!
There will be mixed ideas, some for lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, high school, GAFE schools, etc. Find what applies to you or modify it to make it still work for you!
This is only a sampling of what you can do. If you have some other go-to ice breakers you love, let's hear about them below!
ABCya has a great variety of resources for K-5. I am going to focus on one that I really like to use with kids, and that is Word Clouds.
Student can create word clouds, like the ones pictured below.
All you have to do is type or copy and paste text into the text box. The more times that a word appears, the larger it will be compared to the other words. So if I typed in "computers, computers, computers, computers, tech, tech tech", "computers" would be bigger than "tech". The more words you use, the more intricate your cloud.
After they create the word cloud it will appear on an editing screen. Here, they can change the color theme, font, and layout of the words just by using the toolbar on the top of the Word Cloud screen.
**If they want to make changes to the words, they DO NOT hit the back button. Go to the three lines on the left and click edit!**
In the classroom, what can you do with it?
Kids pick up on it quickly and LOVE word clouds! You can also try some other websites as they get better and better. Tagxedo is good and so is Wordle, but be careful of the gallery on Wordle because sometimes there are clouds that are not appropriate.
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom