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  1. September 7, 2009 9:19 pm

    This is another ice breaker to use the first day of class and can be used periodically throughout the school year. 1.) hand out and 8.5 X 14 inch piece of paper , 2) ask them to write their name in large colorful letters in the middle of the page, ( have a sample on the board) 3.) In the top left corner, have students finish the sentence “My family…, 4) In the top right corner, have students finish the sentence “My favorite thing to do is…, 5) In the bottom left corner, have students finish the sentence ” I really don’t like…, 6) In the bottom right corner, have students finish the sentence “Other people find me… 7) In the top middle, have students finish the sentence ” One day I’d like to …8) In the bottom middle, have students finish the sentence and I’d like to meet..
    When finished: explain that they are going to stand up, hold their paper in front of them facing out and quietly walk around the room and read other people’s papers. No talking is involved. This takes about 5 minutes, then have the students sit down. one by one go around the room and introduce each child to the class and ask –” Who can tell me something interesting about this person?” Watch the hands fly up as students are eager to show that they read what was on the student’s paper. Collect these after the exercise and post them in the room or a a poster board . Student enjoy reading them in the weeks to come. Good luck.

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