I wanted to share one of my favourite activities that has gone well every time I have used it. Every year, on the first day of school, I like to have a "snowball fight" with my students.
Here's how it works:
- Give each student a blank sheet of paper.
- Have each student share information about themselves on the sheet of paper; make sure they don't put their name on it. Write one up for yourself as well, e.g. I am female; I have one brother and one sister. I love to read; one of my favourite authors is Chris Van Allsburg. I have two dogs and a cat. I love to swim and dance. My favourite colour is purple.
- Once all students have completed their sheet, ask them to crumple their sheet into a ball. (I love the looks on their faces when I tell them that). Then tell them that you are going to have a snowball fight.
- The rules for the snowball fight:
- everyone stands up and pushes in their chair
- NO RUNNING
- NO YELLING
- when the whistle blows, freeze in place
- when the snowball fight starts, they throw their "ball" at someone else. They can then pick up a stray "ball" to throw again. Continue throwing the "snowballs" around the room until the whistle blows. Make sure that you participate.
- Tell the students that the game will continue until someone starts to yell or run. I find 3 min. is about as long as they can last.