How to Do a New Friend Scavenger Hunt Ice Breaker
Who wins in this game?
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss how to do a new friend scavenger hunt icebreaker.Although icebreakers may seem frivolous in light of the amount of work a teacher has to do in a given day, it's a great way to get that student buy-in right from the start. Get your classmates acquainted with each other and help them feel emotionally connected with the classroom, the classmates, the teacher and the school.Here's a fun activity you can do: it's a scavenger hunt. For each of the categories listed, the students will have to find somebody who fits the description and fill their name in in the blank. And at the top of the page, students are instructed that they'll have to introduce themselves to the student who they don't know before asking them a question.You can keep it as simple as an icebreaker activity, and the students fill in each category until their sheets are completely filled; or you can make it a competition. The student who fills in the most blanks in the shortest amount of time wins.As a parent, teacher, camp counselor or game administrator, you can make up these categories by simply pulling them out of thin air. For example, a student who has eaten an entire pizza by themselves before, or a student that's been to Europe.If you're a little more familiar with these students, then you might want to take the personal approach and use items that you know about them personally. Perhaps there's a student who plays the tuba, or a student who's been to Spain.Students, like everyone else, are creatures of habit, so students tend to play the game by forming into groups of people that they're familiar with. Break up those groups and break up the cliques. You can assign students to groups by number or by the questions they need to answer. Split them up so they'll get to know new people.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.