My favorite classes in school, even up through college, were those that we had a real community going.
These were usually conducted by my favorite teachers, who felt that a classroom was sort of like a family.
They made time to make us all feel welcome, safe, and important. I truly felt cared about.
One of the ways they promoted these feelings was that they spent some time getting to know us.
This also helped build camaraderie, and developed our classroom “family” and the positive-caring atmosphere.
Icebreakers are a perfect way to do this, and are especially important on the first day of school when students are a bit nervous and looking at a bunch of strangers, listening to rules-rules & more rules.
I not only did icebreakers on the first day, but
included a simple one each day in the morning, or at the end of the day
for our entire first week of school. Then once a week for that important 1st month.
My students really looked forward to this time, an absolutely LOVED sharing.
The M & M or Skittle Game has been around awhile, going by as many names as there are colors, and can be played in a variety of ways as well.
These are my versions. I hope you find them useful.