Would You Rather & Get to Know You: Icebreakers for Back-to-School
Free Printable Icebreaker Activities – Games for Teachers and Students
Back-to-school means new teachers, new classmates, new subjects and new experiences. All of this can be more than a little intimidating for students, especially amidst a fall semester unlike any before due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. Quash back-to-school jitters fast with these fun Would You Rather and Get to Know You icebreaker games!
The quicker your group becomes comfortable with each other, the better. And communication is key to getting there, which makes icebreaker activities the perfect way to kick off the school year, whether your students are attending class in-person or via a meeting app like Zoom.
- Free Printable "Would You Rather" and "Get to Know You" Icebreaker Cards for Back-to-School from SignUp
- Heavier weight paper or white card stock
There are various ways to play "Would You Rather" and "Get to Know You" – this is just one suggested method. Get creative, customize the game to your group as needed, and have a blast!
- Print the Icebreaker downloadable pdf files on heavyweight paper or card stock. PRO TIP: If you're going through this exercise virtually, skip the print job and skip assigning smaller groups – go straight to asking the get-to-know-you questions out loud, allowing each student to answer.
- Cut out each question card from the printed sheets.
- Put your students into groups of 4 or 5 and have them elect a group leader to read the questions out loud. (A lesson in collaboration and/or democracy!)
- Once the question is read, have each person in the group take their turn answering the question. (This is the "get to know you" part!)
- After the smaller groups answer all of the questions, have each student talk to the entire classroom about one thing that they learned about someone else in their group. (A lesson in public speaking!)
PRO TIP: If you do opt to print, laminate the cards afterward so you can reuse them at other events and on the first day of school next year.