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Best Classroom Icebreakers in 2021

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Olivia Hanifan2021-06-21
Starting a new term, school year or even just introducing a new topic can result in a slow start, but introducing a fun icebreaker to relax the class and help ease them into the learning process can calm those nerves. Whether your students are in middle school, high school or university you can tailor the icebreakers to your students.

Icebreakers may seem cliche to some and you may even think they are cheesy and even a little awkward, but using a tool like Mentimeter to facilitate these icebreakers takes the hassle out of it and all answers are anonymous. Let’s have a look at what kind of icebreakers will work for you.

  1. Word Association Word Clouds
  2. This or That
  3. Two Truths & A Lie
  4. Junior/Middle School Icebreakers
  5. High School Icebreakers
  6. University Icebreakers
  7. Get to Know Your Teacher/Lecturer 

Using icebreaker questions is a great way to encourage students to get to know each other and the teacher better and they can be used and adapted to almost any situation. All of the templates included are free and ready-to-use and you can use any of the other suggestions as inspiration for your next presentation.

1. Word Association

Choose a subject, it could be something educational or perhaps a completely random topic. Ask the student’s what words they associate with that particular topic and get them to enter their words into Menti.com. Create beautiful visualisations in real-time from your student’s inputs with a word cloud. The younger students will love to watch the word cloud grow and the most popular words appear larger. Older students will get inspired by their peers' ideas.

Word Association

Word Association

  • What words do you associate with school?
  • What does the word ‘History’ make you think of?
  • How do you feel about homework?

2. This or That

‘This or that’ is a fun icebreaker to see what your students have in common. The more random the options the better and the funnier for the students. To make this icebreaker work the question must be a ‘yes or no’ or would you rather kind of question with only two answer choices. 

This or that

This or that

  • Live on a desert island or in Antarctica?
  • Breakfast for every meal or Dinner for every meal?
  • Only be able to play sports or Only allowed to read books?
  • Can only watch scary movies or funny movies?

3. Truths & A Lie

The name says it all, give the students two truths and one lie and they have to choose which one is the lie. It is a fun way to find an unusual fact about their teacher and they may even be shocked to find out their teacher has skydived or scuba dived with sharks. It could also be used as a fun way for students to introduce themselves to the class.

Two truths one lie

Two truths one lie

  • I am a twin - I speak X languages - I have a fear of X
  • I can play the X - My favorite sport is X - I have never visited X
  • X is my favorite food - I have a dog / cat named X - I am allergic to X
  • I used to live in X - I love to watch X movies - I used to work as a X

4. Junior/Middle School Icebreakers

Time to get your students thinking about something fun. Let them use their imagination to come up with some really creative answers. But don’t just leave it there, feel free to ask them to explain their decisions and see what reasoning went into their choices. This can be a great way to promote discussion and help kids express themselves and improve their reasoning skills. 

What is your favourite hobby?

What is your favourite hobby?

  • If you could be an animal, which animal would you be?
  • Who is your favorite character from a book?
  • What superpower would you love to have?
  • If you could only watch one tv show, which would you watch?

5. High School Icebreakers

This could be a great way to get students talking with people they don’t regularly interact with or a means to encourage them to really think long and hard about a relevant issue or topic. More than simply as a yes or now question this can require students to debate, discuss, and think critically about their answers. 

If you wrote a book

If you wrote a book

  • If you could go back and tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
  • If you had $1 million to donate, what would you do with it?
  • Who is your role model and why?
  • If you were to teach this class, what would you focus on?

6. University Icebreakers

This could be a great way to get students talking with people they don’t regularly interact with or a means to encourage them to really think long and hard about a relevant issue or topic. More than simply as a yes or now question this can require students to debate, discuss, and think critically about their answers. 

Favorite Author

Favorite Author

  • Is there any specific part of this course you are looking forward to learning about?
  • Why did you decide to study this subject?
  • What would you like to do upon graduation?
  • What do you think is the most effective teaching method?

7. Get to Know Your Teacher/Lecturer

Introductions can be awkward and oftentimes a little dull. So why not create some friendly competition and see who comes out on top with a ‘get to know your teacher’ quiz. Thanks to Mentimeter you can also let your student’s submit some questions with the built in Q/A function. 

Teacher

Get to know your teacher

Get to know your teacher

  • What is your teacher’s favorite sport?
  • What is your teacher’s favorite ice cream flavor?
  • If your teacher could go somewhere on holidays where would they go?
  • What subject did your teacher love in school?

University

Get to know your lecturer

Get to know your lecturer

  • Where did your lecturer study for their BA?
  • What topic did your lecturer choose for their PhD?
  • What book does your lecturer consider a ‘must read’?
  • Where did your lecturer study?

More Templates, More Inspiration

We have plenty more ready made and easy to use templates that range from quizzes to icebreakers. If you’re looking for more then we also have plenty of education focused blog posts you can read through!

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