A fun icebreaker activity to use at the beginning of a new school year.
This icebreaker activity combines a singing/action song with a ‘get-to-know-you’ discussion and is perfect for the beginning of the school year!
The activity begins with students standing in pairs. They perform actions while singing altered words to the tune of ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’. On completion of the song, students sit down with their partner to talk and get to know each other. Direct the students’ discussions by reading out a discussion prompt card. The goal is for the partners to find two things they both agree on. As soon as every pair has found two common answers, students stand and find a new partner, and the whole process is repeated.
This teaching resource includes both a ‘contact’ version and a ‘noncontact’ version.
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Common Core Curriculum alignment
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others' talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 1 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).
Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
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