This is the start of a series of ice breaker lessons that you can use with a variety of different children/adolescents over the start of the new year. Ice breakers are great for encouraging cooperation, getting to know each other, feeling comfortable in a group environment and many, many more benefits. If you like this lesson, please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Australian Curriculum Links:
- This lesson has a large amount of correlation to the ‘Personal and Social Capability’ section of the Australian Curriculum. Click here to access the information.
- In a whole class setting, explain to the children/adolescents that they are going to (we are going to) participate in some ice breaker activities.
- Explain the importance on always being enthusiastic throughout the lesson.
- Reassure that we are not trying to ever embarrass anyone.
- Persist that we are trying to get to know everyone just a little bit better than before.
- Explain to the students that today’s ice breaker activity is called ‘Fact or Fiction’
- Explore what a fact is and what fiction means.
- Ask each student to now go back to their tables and write down 5-10 things about themselves which others may not know.
- Always make sure students write more facts than fiction here (a good guideline is a ratio of 2:1)
- Ask students to get into groups of approximately 5.
- Explain that they are now going to read out their list of ‘things about them’ and the rest of the group is going to vote which ones are facts and which ones are fiction.
- It’s very important that you encourage taking turns and ensuring that each person is listened to by the whole group.
- Bring all students back to the floor and discuss ‘interesting’ findings about their peers (There are always some interesting conversations at this point!)
- Anecdotal notes on taking turns, speaking and listening to others