On the daily
Have each student fill out a note card according to the template attached, and each morning read one or two without saying the name on the card. Invite students to guess who the card belongs to, and then ask the student more questions about him/her once revealed.
The Line Game
Popularized by the movie, Freedom Writers, this link will explain and provide questions for an ice breaker game that can inform personally, emotionally, lightly, and deeply throughout the year.
An old favorite, have students place small stickers on their backs- usually shoulder area- and chase one another trying to collect as many other people's stickers as possible, whilst still keeping theirs on their shirt. When your sticker gets taken, you must sit down. When you steal a sticker, put it on the front of your shirt. The last person standing, and/or the person with the most stickers wins.
The Toilet Paper Game
With an A, B, C, and D corner identified, use this power point to group kids into ridiculous interest groups. Feel free to add more slides, or tailor it to your content/home court specifications!
Needed: M&Ms. Students will take M&Ms, but may not eat any until their turn is over. Mini bags, or one bag shared with students are all you need to get the students talking. Best used in squads for time purposes. Project this image on the board, below, and let the students share!
Sharks and Minnows
An awesome outdoor game to play with another Cougar Class!
Need: a wide open area with boundary lines or markers.
To Play: Several students or teachers, from one to three, begin half way across the open area at the middle point. Having a visible line on the ground is helpful if possible. All others line up at the far boundary line facing the sharks. The head shark will shout 'go' and the minnows will try to run across the area. Once a minnow crosses the center line, a shark will try and tag them. If tagged, the minnow freezes, and becomes a shark the next round. The minnows try to run all the way across to the far line without getting tagged. The minnows that make it turn around, the sharks- now more numerous- line up at the center line, and the minnows try to run back without getting tagged. This goes on until there is one minnow left.
Tips: When there are mostly sharks, make a rule they have to walk. Or, that they have to spread out to prevent them from creating an enormous barricade. With only a few minnows left, count down from 10 to hurry them into the shark's waters.