Pop the Question
This activity requires one or two packages of balloons and strips of paper small enough to fit into the balloon opening. Prepare for the activity by writing a “getting to know you” question on each strip of paper. Insert one strip of paper into each balloon. Inflate the balloons and tie the ends. Ask students to stand in a circle and tell them the goal is to keep all the balloons up in the air. Begin by providing the group with one balloon to keep in the air. Add balloons, one at a time. When a balloon hits the ground, play is stopped, the balloon is popped and the question is read aloud. Students turn to someone standing next to them and take turns answering the question. Play continues until another balloon hits the ground repeating the process.
Divide students into smaller groups of 4-7 with a separate set of balloons.
Have students create the questions that are placed into the balloons, asking them what they would like to know about their classmates.
Vary the body part the students may use to keep the balloons in the air (head, elbow, knees, etc).
Stand in circle with elbows in, arms out to the side. Stand with left palm facing up and right palm facing down. Now connect the circle so that palms facing up are flat against the palms facing down of the person on both sides. Using the bottom hand, the object is to gently tap the top of the person’s hand resting on yours. Simultaneously, the object is to avoid being tapped on the hand you have facing palm down. Compete in tournament style until it is between two final challengers
The teacher gives each student a piece of paper and asks them to write 3 things about themselves they don’t think anyone knows but will not mind if others know. The students give the lists to the teacher without letting anyone see what they wrote. Once a day the teacher selects one item from a list to read to the class without telling the students who the item is about. The students then try to decide the author of the interesting fact. If it is not guessed after three tries, the teacher reveals the author.The author has the option of sharing additional information, or the class may pose questions to the author.
Reflective questions posed to students :
What was the most unique or unusual fact you learned? Funniest? Saddest?
How does sharing information about yourself help build a stronger community in your classroom?
What have you learned about other members in your classroom that will help you build stronger friendships?
Knowing what you know about your classmates now, how could you change the way you interact with each other during the school day?
Take As Much As You Need
1. Form the group into a circle.
2. Without telling them any of the details of the activity, pass around the bag of candy or roll of toilet paper and tell them to "take as much as you need."
3. Once everyone has taken some, ask them to tell one fact about themselves for every piece of candy or piece of toliet paper.
Stand in a circle with one person in the middle. The goal of the person in the center is to take another participant’s place in the circle. Members of the outer circle attempt to switch places without losing a spot in the circle to the person in the middle. To switch places, a participant on the outside makes eye contact with another member of the circle and then both members run across the circle and switch places. No talking or additional gestures can be used.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.