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  • JVPrice
  • Expert Waygook

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    • August 29, 2017, 10:26:13 am
    • Cheongju
Back to School Classes and Ice Breakers
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:25:27 am »
Class is coming back for the Fall semester. I'm struggling to come up with a plan outside of "How was your summer?,"
so I'm curious about some of the best classes, activities, and icebreakers you have used with your students.

Preferably, Middle School level  ;D
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Re: Back to School Classes and Ice Breakers
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2018, 09:36:47 am »
Look around your apartment and find 12 objects / take pictures of 10 things that say the most about you. (12 works best as it can accomodate groups of 3 or 4)

Put the kids into groups and give a few objects / pics to each group.

each group has a sheet of paper and 10 blank lines.

The group has to decide what each item says about you.

every few minutes, swap the items until all groups have seen all items.

Groups feedback answers to you, and you can give points for correct answers.  It also allows them to know more about you.

For instance:  You may give a guide book = i like to travel

Pasta: I love to cook / i love Italian food

You can make it easier or harder my changing how obscure the items are.

This also allows you to assess writing and speaking skills from day 1.




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  • Newgookin

    • 4

    • November 28, 2017, 12:50:02 pm
    • New Taipei City, Taiwan
Re: Back to School Classes and Ice Breakers
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2018, 09:23:51 am »
I teach at a very low level school so I have them tell me all the different ways to say hellp


Re: Back to School Classes and Ice Breakers
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2019, 06:46:55 am »
It would be helpful for me to prepare coming sesmester! Thanks!!! :-)


Re: Back to School Classes and Ice Breakers
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2019, 11:45:46 am »
1) I'd put them into groups, do something crafty, give them a big poster along with some construction paper, scissor, glue, etc.  and have them make a poster representing their summer, then come up as a group and present it. I'd also google summer esl crafts for some craft twists.

2) If there English is good enough, two truths and 1 lie about what they did over the summer.

3) Get an inflatable beach ball and do human battleship. Put a barrier between the two teams where they can't see each other, and have the students position themselves. They are not allowed to move once they've chosen their position. The students take turn throwing the beach ball over the barrier, if it hits a student they are out. Elicit statements on what they did over the summer before allowing them a throw.

4) Also, I have an UNO deck which elicit past tense for where, and what they did in past tense, if you are interested I can link it below no charge.
Co-creator of HSIP adult academy and halandstevenglish @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/halandsteveenglish


Re: Back to School Classes and Ice Breakers
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2019, 09:59:41 am »

4) Also, I have an UNO deck which elicit past tense for where, and what they did in past tense, if you are interested I can link it below no charge.

If you could post the UNO deck game, that would be great. My coteachers changed this year and the new ones want to eliminate games, so I'm trying hard to think of plans for the first week back for my 2nd graders that will please the CTs and not bore the class to tears.


Re: Back to School Classes and Ice Breakers
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2019, 09:46:19 pm »
Yeah, no problem! I know how the new co-teacher bit goes. That can really rock your world. There was no telling for me at least... I usually had a change of co-teacher at least once a year.

Here is the UNO deck, I'm gonna give you the google drive link where you can download it for free, cause it is no longer free on the website:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RLjl1932elsnJxti5Wt1_4Oqp_I49nty

Find more @
www.halandsteveenglish.com


« Last Edit: May 14, 2019, 11:20:27 pm by thomwiley23 »
Co-creator of HSIP adult academy and halandstevenglish @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/halandsteveenglish


Re: Back to School Classes and Ice Breakers
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2019, 10:04:12 pm »
Depends on their level, your familiarity with them, your work, what your boss wants, etc.


Re: Back to School Classes and Ice Breakers
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2019, 01:08:48 pm »
thank you!


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  • Newgookin

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    • March 05, 2019, 05:54:54 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Back to School Classes and Ice Breakers
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2019, 06:14:50 pm »
Thanks a lot :)