The engineering mission is to build the tallest, freestanding tower using a bag of balloons and masking tape. Students must work together to blow up the balloons and find a way to hold them together for a tower. | Vivify STEM @ STEM Activities for Kids
Use this activity as an ice breaker for the first week of school or as a classroom community builder. I have my students sit in a circle around our carpet, and I project the "Roll a topic" sheet up on the SmartBoard. Each student takes a turn rolling the dice and answering the corresponding question.
Find Someone Who... A great resource to use as an ice breaker; ideal for a new tutor group. This encourages students to get up and about communicating with others to extract information and find things in common, breaking the ice and begin bonding with one another! TES Teaching Resources
Too many icebreakers require students to take massive social risks with people they barely know. Or they don't really help students get to know each other. Or they are just plain cheesy. Here are three that are actually good. [...]
Guess Who? Cards are a simple time-filler activity for those times that you need to fill about 5 minutes before recess or lunch, or the end of the day. This activity also strengthens sense of belonging and community in the classroom. See this blog post for a brief explanation of how you can get started in your classroom.