Saturday, September 6, 2014

Get to Know Me! An Activity to Motivate Student Communication

The beginning of the school year is a blur, isn't it? So much to do, so little time… and it seems that really getting to know your students, one of the most vital elements of our back-to-school process, has become a challenging task amid all the other tasks on our back-to-school checklists.  On the flip side, for many of our younger students, who are a little overwhelmed at the beginning of the year as well, getting the conversation flowing can be challenging at first. So this is an activity I love to use, and it never fails to spark a little excitement among my students. This year, I used fruit loops, but I have seen it used with M&M's, Skittles, etc.

The concept is simple: students choose their favorite color fruit loop and then they answer a color-coded question that corresponds to their fruit loop. I waited until after the students chose their fruit loops to display the questions, so they had no idea why they were getting fruit loops at first. It added a nice element of surprise. Just this year alone, I have used this activity with students ranging from Kindergarten to fourth grade, and they all loved it!

These are the questions that I used, but you could easily create your own questions if you didn't like these.
Another thing I love about this activity is that you can use this activity in either small-group or whole-group settings, depending on your teaching situation and age group. Either way, it promotes communication and cooperation among students.

Be warned, though; your students will probably expect you to choose your own fruit loop and play along!

This activity is now available as a component in the "Back to School Packet," available in the Tally Tales TPT store. If you want it, grab it here.