Weekly Activities: Monday FUNDAY
Homeroom Mixer: The Snowball Activity
The general idea is very simple:
If used for introductions, give each student a piece of paper and ask them to write their name and three fun things about themselves. Have them crumple the paper into a snowball. Divide the group into two teams on opposite sides of the room and let the snowball fight begin!
When you call stop, each student is to pick up the nearest snowball and find the person whose name is inside. Once everyone has found their snowman or snowwoman, have them introduce him or her to the rest of the group.
Alternatively, you can use this activity as a review of classroom content. Instead of personal facts, have students write questions from the current topic on the sheets.
Pass It Forward: Divide the room into two groups. Ask each group to pass up a short list of random items, like a keychain with an NFL logo on it, or a ticket stub to any movie. You can either ask for the items one at a time, and the team that delivers the item fastest wins that round. An alternative would be to post the entire list (approximately 10-12 items at most) and see which team produces the most items from the list. From this activity, have the discussion about how they had to work as a team to accomplish this task. Correlate this activity to working together on homework, or on a group project, etc.
The Compliment Activity: Have each student tape a notecard or a sheet of paper on their back. Each person turns to their right and writes a compliment about the person on the notecard on their back. After about 8-10 "rounds" of this, allow a few minutes of quiet reflection as students read their cards written by their peers. Allow them a chance to debrief with their classmates about what they read.
Alternative Presentation: Have younger students draw an outline of their own hand on a piece of paper and put their name above the thumb. Other students will write nice words inside the "hand" until it is filled up. On days when you students need a little "lift," have them reread the hands.