Icebreaker Questions are a good way to break the ice and get people to share things about themselves.
- Materials Required: None. You can print questions on sheets of paper if you wish, but this is optional.
- Recommended Number of People: Any.
- Time Required: 20 minutes for a quick activity, or an hour for a longer activity.
How Do You Play Icebreaker Questions?
Prepare a sheet (or several sheets, if you wish) of good icebreaker questions. The following are some sample questions:
- If you could be any dessert, what would you be and why?
- If you could be any animal, what animal would you choose? Why?
- If you had to be a superhero, which one would you be? Why?
- If you could have any super power, which one would you have? Why?
- If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be? Why?
- If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why?
- If you had to describe yourself in three words, which ones would you choose and why?
- If your house were on a fire and you only have time to save 3 objects, what would you save?
- If money didn’t matter, what would your dream job be?
- What is the most beautiful thing in the world?
- What is the most surprising thing about you?
- If a movie star had to play you in a movie about your life, which movie star would be you?
- If your life were a song, what would the title be?
- If your life were a book, what would be the name of it?
- If you had to be any age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose?
- If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?If you had to do one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jeopardy is a popular answer-and-question quiz show on TV. Classroom Game Show is a Jeopardy-style game that teachers can modify and use for their classrooms, or other people can use to make a fun quiz-style game show with friends. Modify this Powerpoint template to help students learn about any topic that you like!
- Materials Required: A computer in the classroom, Classroom Game Show powerpoint file, five topics and five questions for each topic.
- Time Required: About 30 minutes.
How Do You Play Classroom Jeopardy?
First, download the Classroom Jeopardy Powerpoint File to your computer. Open the file. Change the text of the first few slides into five topics that you would like to quiz your students (or your friends) on.
Each topic has five questions with five different point levels ranging from 100 to 500. For each topic, change the text to five different questions, in increasing difficulty. Finally, modify the Final Question into the most difficult question to challenge the players.
Playing the Game
Split all players into a few teams. Create a scoreboard on a whiteboard or on paper if you wish. Open the Powerpoint file you modified. Display all five topics and begin the game show. Allow the first team to choose a topic and a point value for a question. Click on this question box and it will take you to the question slide. Read this question and allow players to raise their hands if they want to answer the question. If someone on a team answers a question correctly, they gain that number of points. If they get it wrong, they lose that number of points.
If you wish, you can allow players to wager a certain amount of points before answering the Final Question. This way, it gives teams who are far behind a shot at still earning a large amount of points at the very end of the game.
At the end of the game, the team that earns the most points wins Classroom Jeopardy!
Files and Resources
Click here to download and modify this Powerpoint template.
Pictionary is a popular game in which a player tries to draw clues and get teammates to successfully guess them. Icebreaker Pictionary is a modified version in which people can draw pictures to answer questions about themselves. This game is useful for classrooms or situations where it is beneficial for people to get to know each other better.
- Materials Required: A chalkboard, whiteboard, or large drawing pad; writing utensils; timer
- Recommended Number of People: Two teams of 3-8 people.
- Time Required: Flexible; Usually about 30 minutes.
How Do You Play Icebreaker Pictionary?
Prepare a number of questions that would be useful for introductions or helping people get to know each other. For instance:
- what are your hobbies?
- what is your favorite place on earth?
- what are your favorite subjects to study?
Playing the Icebreaker Pictionary Game
Divide the group into two teams of about 3-8 people. Set a one minute timer. Ask for a volunteer from each team. Give them the first question, say “Go!,” and start the timer. Each volunteer draws their answers to the question. Whenever their team successfully guesses it, then the team earns a point. After each round, ask for two more volunteers and continue play.
This activity is more about getting to know each other and less about winning. If you prefer to prevent cheating, you can have players write down their answers before drawing them. Have fun!
Who Am I? is a simple icebreaker useful for classrooms.
- Materials Required: Post-it notes or small sheets of paper, pens.
- Number of Players Recommended: 5-30.
- Time Required: 15 minutes
How Do You Play Who Am I?
Ask everyone to form a circle. Hand a post-it note and a pen to each player. Tell each player to write a famous person on the post-it note.
Playing the Who Am I? Game
Have each player stick a post-it note on a nearby person, with the name of the person showing. Go around the room and have a player ask the “yes/no” question to the group. The goal is for each player to successfully guess the person written on their forehead. If the player does not guess correctly, the next person gets to ask a question. Continue play until everyone successfully guesses their name, or until time runs out.