This is the second lesson 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 embarrass anyone and highlight that the main purpose is to get to know everyone just a little bit better than before.
Please note that you will need a ball of wool or string for this game,
- Write a list of 20-30 question up on the board for children to look at while you introduce the game. (See resources below for a copy of 20 questions)
- Explain to the students that they will create a web by throwing a ball or wool/string to their peers in the group. Remind them that they will have to wrap the string around their wrist and then throw the ball to someone who has not had the string.
- Emphasise the importance of listening to others and only having one person speaking at a time.
- Begin game and reinforce the rules of speaking in turn and listening to others.
- At the end of the session, ask students to have a close look at the web.
- Discuss the purpose of a web in helping a spider catch it’s food.
- Then ask the children to think about what would happen if the web broke? Take time to listen to all viewpoints here, you’ll get some really interesting ones.
- Summarise by relating the web to learning as a whole. ‘If one thread breaks and doesn’t help keep the web strong, then the learning will slip through, like a fly would on a spider’s web’.
- Anecdotal notes on listening, speaking and taking turns.
- Look for higher order thinking skills and children giving assistance to others.
- Question Web – Ice Breaker Prompts (Doc)