# More Back to School Icebreakers

**Starting school can be nerve-wracking for everyone. Even veteran teachers need some new ideas so here are a few ideas to start off the new school year - or they can be used during the year to reinforce some things.**

**1. Here is a really great activity that will definitely get the attention of your students. It really helps with paying attention and following the directions. I have older students so you can modify it to your particular class population. Type the following on a sheet of paper and tell the students to read the directions first, because that is what they are supposed to do, right? A couple may catch on at first but the majority of students don't and think I've lost it. After about five minutes I call on someone to read the first two sentences and then someone else to read the last two lines. They chuckle and realize they've been had but it is a useful reminder to follow the directions.**

**Follow the directions below:**

**Read through all the problems beginning any of the work.**

**Give the answer for the following problem: 1 X 2 X 3 X 4 X 5 X 6 X 7 X 8 X 9 =**

**Find three whole numbers which, when multiplied together, give the same result as when added together.**

**A plain pencil and a colored pencil together cost 30 cents. The colored pencil costs 10 cents more than the plain pencil. How much does each cost?**

**A boy sold his bicycle for $30. He later bought it back for $25. The next time he sold it for $40. How much did he make overall?**

**Using five 1's it is possible to make them equal 100 by arranging by 111 - 11 100. Use fives to make 100.**

**It is possible to write down the digits 1 - 9 (writing each once and once only, and in order) and then place ordinary arithmetical signs as necessary so that the answer to the entire sum is 100. For example, 1 X 2 + 34 + 56 + 7 - 8 + 9 = 100. Find a way that uses only + and - for addition and subtraction. **

**All of the odd numbers from 1 to 999 are added together. What is the total?**

**I am thinking of a two digit number which when it is divided by the number 3 the remainder is 1. When it is divided by 4 the remainder is 2. When it is divided by 5 the remainder is 3. When it is divided by 6 the remainder is 4. What number am I thinking of?**

**You do not need to do any of the problems above, just write your name in the top right-hand corner and place it face down on your desk.**

**2. Another activity that can be used for the first day of school and is a true ice-breaker. Have the students write on a small strip of paper one thing about themselves, For example, Susie writes down, I love to swim. Each child writes one thing on the strip of paper they enjoy, or an activity they are good at, without putting their name on - (this shouldn't be too difficult as many lose points because they do not put their name on anything!) Put all the strips in a jar and pull one out at a time, read it aloud, and have the students guess as to whose paper you pulled out.**

**Great fun.**

**3. This final one includes a word search that can be made via edhelper.com using your words or, if you're feeling industrious, you can make it yourself from scratch.**

**Write a small paragraph about yourself. For example:**

**Hi, I'm Mrs. Smith and I love teaching. This summer I went to the beach with my family and we did lots of swimming. Mr. Smith and I go camping in our tent and we catch lots of fish that we get to cook on our grill.**

**Underline about 15 words from the paragraph and put them in a word search. Again, edhelper.com is a great site and it is easy to plug in your own words to create a word search.The kids really have fun with this one too.**

**I like to have a daily riddle or joke on my board in my room that allows the students to get involved in the class.**

**For example: Why are robots never afraid? Because they have nerves of steel. What vehicle is spelled the same backwards and forwards? A racecar.**

**What do seamonsters eat? Fish and Ships.**

**The riddles help wih language development and critical thinking skills, plus it's fun and when kids have fun to look forward to they are more inclined to learn!**

**Have Fun!**

Checkout these ice-breakers! http://hubpages.com/hub/First-Day-of-School-Ice-Breakes

## Comments 3 comments

Interesting hub!

Very funny and fascinating hub. It brings me back to the first day of school when I was a kid!