The following 5 activities are essential for new classes or emergency teachers trying to learn student’s names. One thing I have learnt over the years I have spent teaching is that learning names is one of the most important things to do with a new class. Once you know the students names they feel a sense of ownership and consequently everything else seems to flow.

These games are also fantastic for new students to learn each other’s names with fun games. Each game has been selected as they are all a little different, so teachers will be able to find one of these to suit any class or any situation they may come across when they are teaching. Also, as always, if you would like these as a PDF please email me at dale@breakappz.com  

Coin Stories

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Coins that were all made in different years

Description:

This game is played with students sitting in a circle. The teacher passes the coins out so that every student gets a coin each. The idea is to look at the date and try to think of a story that happened to them in the year that is on the coin. For example, if the date on the coin is 2004, the student has to try to think of something that they did or that happened to them that year. It will be important to make sure that the dates are relevant to the students. Or you can do this as a research game. Give students coins that were made before they were born. They then have ten minutes to research something exciting that happened in the year on their coin. Even though this is not a personal experience, you are teaching the students tips on how to research and find information. Then the students report their findings back to the class.

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Name Game

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None

Description:                            

Class sits in a circle with their feet in the middle. One person in the class will start. They must say to the group their name, something they like and an adjective that all start with the same letter. The next person will then have to repeat what has just been said and say theirs as well. If there are too many people in the group you can make it that you only have to say four at a time.

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Mingle, Mingle Mingle

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None

Description:

Students move around the room singing “Mingle, Mingle, Mingle” in a nice tone until the teacher claps his or her hands three times. The teacher will then give an instruction like “favourite colour”. Students then need to get into groups with other students who have the same favourite colour as them. Then the teacher will ask each group which colour they are before the game starts again. The teacher can use any categories. Some good ones are what you ate for breakfast, your favourite class subject, the football side you barrack for and so on. This game is great for students to find out more about each other and students they might be able to become friends with as they have certain things in common.

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Liar, Liar Pants On Fire

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None

Description:

Students are to get into pairs (or threes). The idea of this activity is to trick the rest of the group with facts about you both.

In their pairs, students need to work out two truths and one lie about either of them to present to the rest of the group.

The rest of the group are given the three ‘facts’ (one of which is a lie), and need to try to work out which one of them is a lie.

Example.

1. I can play the piano.

2. I have a 21-year-old pet cat.

3. I’m the youngest in the family.  Two statements need to be true and one a lie.

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Line It Up

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None

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This activity is completed without any verbal communication. The group leader will set the group a number of challenges to complete; for example, line up from lightest hair colour to darkest, lightest eye colour to darkest, surnames starting from A to Z, birthdays from January to December or tallest to smallest. You can use any of these or make some of your own up. The challenging task is for the group to do this without talking. They can use sign language or fingers to try and count or show a letter or number, but they are not allowed to talk.

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