The other day I had a few new students coming into one of my classes and needed something quick to break down the wall of awkwardness that can sometimes arise between replacements and class veterans. That’s when I came across this great downloadable activity from ISL Collective, a FREE site with thousands of worksheets by teachers from all over the world.
The worksheet has twenty questions and it’s simple to use. First the children circle the correct words to complete the questions and then they interview their partner. What I liked most about the questions was that there was nothing that might be too personal for a first encounter (e.g. “Do you have a girlfriend?”), which can be fun but quite embarrassing and counterproductive.
To spice things up a bit I made the activity into a game. First the children completed the questions on their own and then we corrected them together. Next I had the children pair off with somebody they didn’t know and got them to play twenty rounds of rock paper scissor. Each time someone won, they got to ask their partner a question. The winner then received a point depending on the question number. That is, Question 1 was worth 1 point, Question 2 was worth 2 points, Question 3 was 3 points… (another example of point inflation). The person with the most points at the end was the winner.
Simple, easy, and fun.