How to Do a Find Your Kind Scavenger Hunt Ice Breaker
Encourage them to use ink and not pencil; and that way,
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss how to do a "find your kind" scavenger hunt ice breaker.You can use this ice breaker in the classroom on the first day of school, or anytime a group of children are coming together that don't know each other that well. There are many ice breaker activities or games that are good for small or large groups. But the find your kind scavenger hunt is good for any group, irrespective of size.You'll need the handout, and students need to be prepared to sign their autograph. Students are first asked to fill out the scavenger hunt sheet about themselves, and encourage them to use ink and not pencil--that way, they won't change their answer later.After they've filled out some information about themselves, they need to walk around the room and find students that have the same answer. Once they find a student with the same answer as theirs, they'll ask for that student's signature or autograph on that answer.Ice breakers should be short and sweet. You should keep it to 15 or 20 minutes at the most, and make it fun for the classroom as a way to begin the day. If you're looking for a way to take this ice breaker off the page and make it more interactive and physical in the classroom, you can have your students stand one-by-one and say their names out loud. Other students are encouraged to yell out or raise their hand, and tell what they've learned about that student. As the teacher, homeschooler or camp counselor running this game, you might also try yelling out the answers yourself. Yell out the answers, and have all the students who had that answer run up the side. It lets the whole class see who answered what, and learn a little more about them.The great thing about the find your kind ice breaker is it goes beyond just this simple question, such as where were you born, and goes on to require some critical thinking. For example, you'll see here question number 3, if your house was on fire and you only had time to recover one inanimate object, what would you save, or what qualities are essential to a good friend.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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