Kick-Start Your Class: Academic Icebreakers to Engage Students

Kick-Start Your Class: Academic Icebreakers to Engage Students

By: LouAnne Johnson (author)Paperback

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The New York Times bestseller author of Dangerous Minds has a new way to engage students LouAnne Johnson's newest book is a collection of fun and simple educational icebreaker activities that get students excited and engaged from the very first minute of class. These activities are great to use with students at all levels, and many of the activities include variations and modifications for different groups. Research has shown that the use of icebreakers increases student motivation by creating an emotional connection between the student and school. In as little as five minutes, a creative icebreaker can engage students' brains, encourage critical thinking, and much more. * Includes a fun-filled collection of icebreakers that get students thinking and keeps them engaged * Written by LouAnne Johnson, a teacher and acclaimed author of eight books * Contains ideas for promoting creativity, unifying the classroom community, preventing disruptive behavior, and creating positive attitudes towards school and learning No matter what your students' age group this book will give you the tools you need to create a classroom environment that promotes learning.

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About Author

LouAnne Johnson is the author of eight books, including the New York Times best-seller Dangerous Minds, and most recently, Teaching Outside the Box. Johnson is a former U.S. Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer, and high school teacher.

Contents

Acknowledgments xiii About the Author xv Introduction xvii PART ONE: GETTING PERSONAL Chapter One: Getting to Know You: Introductions 5 1. The Adjective Game 7 2. Autograph Collectors 8 3. Are You Kidding? 10 4. Business Card Creations 11 5. Flash Figures 12 6. Getting to Know You 14 7. I Have to & I Can t 17 8. I Never Would Have Guessed 18 9. Magic Eyes 19 10. Me in a Bag 2 0 11. Do You See What I See? 21 12. Name Cards 22 13. Right or Left Brain? 23 14. Wave Your Flag 26 15. Stand by Your Music 28 16. Would You Ever? 29 Chapter Two: Working Together: Assigning Pairs & Partners 31 17. Card Sharks 33 18. Animal Pals 34 19. Personality Matches 36 20. Comics Coworkers 38 21. Pick-a-Stick Partners 39 22. Puzzle Partners 40 23. Story Segments 41 Chapter Three: Body & Brain: Kinesthetic Activities 43 24. Beanbag Topic Toss 44 25. Birthday Circle 45 26. Brain Boosters 46 27. Find Your Folder 47 28. Keep It Up 48 29. Hello, Stranger! 50 30. Make Your Move 51 31. Meet and Greet 52 32. Name Game Ball Toss 53 33. Name Tag Search 54 34. Shall We Dance? 55 35. Symbol Search 56 36. Slow, Fast, Slow 58 37. Verb Mania 59 Chapter Four: How We Do Things: Routines & Rules 61 38. Class Chant 63 39. Call-and-Response 64 40. Crazy Quiz 66 41. Cleanup Time 68 42. Give Me Three 69 43. Noise-o-Meter 70 44. My Kind of Class 72 45. Rules Bingo 73 46 . Seat Scramble Signal 74 47. We re Going Reading 75 48. You & Me Pact 76 Chapter Five: Teamwork: Building Classroom Communities 79 49. Find the Teacher 81 50. Team Classroom Concentration 82 51. First-Day Feelings 84 52. Finish the Story 86 53. Juggling Teams 87 54. Our Class Puzzle 88 55. Multi-Balloon Float 90 56. Paper Turnover 91 57. Team Trivia 92 58. Unusual Measures 93 PART TWO: STICKING TO THE SUBJECT Chapter Six: Mathematical Possibilities 97 59. Balancing Act 98 60. Count My Fingers 100 61. Matchstick Puzzles 101 62. The Number Game 102 63. People Shapes 104 64. Rhythm & Words 105 65. What s My Number? 106 Chapter Seven: Scientific Suggestions 107 66. Critter Connection 108 67. It s Elemental 110 68. Is That a Fact? 112 69. Mail Call 113 70. Recycled Animals 114 71. Tower Builders 115 72. What Is This? 116 Chapter Eight: Language Arts Starters 117 73. Analogy Anchors 118 74. A Picture Tells a Hundred Words 120 75. Canine Connection 121 76. Contraction Cutters 122 77. Foreign Phrases 124 78. I Am Poems 125 79. Meaningful Matches 126 80. Lick a Slug 127 81. Mirror Writing 128 82. Musical Words 129 83. Pictographs 130 84. Poetry-Picture Match 132 85. Proofreading Pairs 133 86. Quotations 134 87. Six-Word Summaries 136 88. Wacky Wordies 138 Chapter Nine: Rev Up the Reading 141 89. Back-to-Back 143 90. Book Swap 144 91. Fishing for Sight Words 146 92. I Can See Clearly Now 147 93. Three-Story View 148 Chapter Ten: Social Studies Scenarios 149 94. City Search 150 95. Birthday Customs 152 96. Local Geography Bingo 153 97. Name That Flag 154 98. State Silhouettes 156 99. Our World Map 158 100. Time Stretchers 159 101. World View 160 Chapter Eleven: Techno Tasks 161 102. Add a Sentence 16 2 103. Map Your School 163 104. Sell a Subject 164 105. What We Know Slideshow 165 106. Wordle Teams 166 Chapter Twelve: Artistic Experiences 169 107. Animal Figurines 171 108. Artists & Art 172 109. Head & Shoulders 174 110. Me Collage 175 111. Partner Silhouettes 176 112. Newspaper Hats 178 113. Tinfoil Sculptures 179 114. Window on My World 180 Chapter Thirteen: Musical Moments 183 115. Beats Me 184 116. Music-Picture Match 186 117. Musical Moods 187 118. What Color Is This Song? 188 119. Song Switch 190 Chapter Fourteen: Swell Ideas for ELLs 191 120. Body Parts 192 121. Let s Talk 194 122. Noses to Toes195 123. School Shoppers 196 124. Picture Pairs 198 125. Take a Note 199 PART THREE: FORTY WAYS TO WRAP IT UP Chapter Fifteen: What We Learned Today: Daily Closure 205 1. ABCs 206 2. Ball Toss Recap 207 3. Big Banner 208 4. Board Bingo 210 5. Cartoon Quotes 211 6. Connect the Dots 212 7. Countdown: 3, 2, 1 213 8. Flash Cards 214 9. Fractured Phrases 215 10. Learning Tree or Garden 216 11. Little Whiteboard Review 217 12. Missing Words 218 13. Pair Shares 219 14. Paper Airplanes 220 15. Question of the Day 221 16. Quiz Questions 222 17. Rate the Lesson 223 18. Roger Recap 224 19. Sentence Starters 225 20. 60-Second Recall 226 Chapter Sixteen: Recapping the Course: End-of-Term Closure 227 21. Countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 229 22. Class Portrait 230 23. Create a Quiz 232 24. Dear Me 233 25. Dear Future Student (or Dear New Kid) 234 26. Digital Scrapbook 235 27. Draw & Discuss 236 28. Famous Quotations 237 29. I m the Expert 238 30. I Used to Think 239 31. Learning Tips 240 32. Paper Quilt 241 33. Scrapbook 242 34. Self-Assessment 243 35. Six Word Memoirs 244 36. Story Time 246 37. Twenty Questions 247 38. Who Wants to Earn an A? 248 39. Words of Wisdom 249 40. Write a Book 250 APPENDIX: We Want More! 251 Index 255

Product Details

  • publication date: 19/04/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781118104569
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781118104569
  • weight: 574
  • ISBN10: 1118104560

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