Ice breaker

An activity to help students to get to know each other. Ideal for new classes / student groups.

A mingling exercise to get students talking to one another. Great as an induction activity for new classes or for ESOL learners to practise speaking and listening.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Speaking & Listening
ESOL
General ESOL

Page 1: 8 maths questions relating to olympic torch
Page 2: Picture quiz: who is carrying the torch?
Page 3: Picture quiz: famous UK landmarks.
Page 4: UK cities – anagrams
Page 5: Answers

  • Quizzes on pages 2 and 3 make good ice breakers and can also be used for SL&C discussion prompts.
Level
L1
English
Speaking & Listening
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Sport

A set of cards to cut out and ideally put in plastic balls or a jazzy box. Aimed at E2- E3 Functional Skills learners as an ice breaker, introductory lesson or for revision. Students need to work out the question and identify the maths skills they are using to answer it. Best printed onto card.
Questions are aimed to appeal to young adult students – e.g. clubbing, Facebook, food, mobiles, etc.
Questions cover the 4 operations, money, time, shapes and more.
26 cards. Includes Functional Maths mapping chart.

Level
E3
E2
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
General numeracy / maths

This task was originally used for Functional Skills although it can be applied just as effectively to literacy sessions. The task aims to encourage learners to work in small groups to discuss what each phrase really means and therefore explore the different interpretations that other people have of them. Also makes a good ice breaker. Includes proverb cards, answer sheet and worksheet.

Level
L1
E3
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating

This is a fabulous board game created as a fun and gentle introduction to L1-2 Functional ICT (or other ICT type classes). It also makes a good ice breaker at the beginning of term. Best printed onto A3 and laminated.

There is also an extra bonus ‘Quiz makers’ game available online (link available on the answer sheet).

Level
L2
L1
ICT
Using ICT
General ICT resources

Find out and record everyone’s favorites from a diverse list of foods. Use as an icebreaker in any Entry Level literacy, numeracy, Functional Skills or ESOL lesson.

Also ties in well with lessons on diversity, healthy eating, collecting data, making / taking simple surveys, tallies, counting, asking questions, etc.

Mapped to Functional Maths and SfL adult numeracy, Functional English (speaking, listening and communication) and SfL adult literacy.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
SLlr/L1.6
SLc/E2.3
SLc/E2.2
AL SLc/E1.3
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Maths
HD1/E3.3
HD1/E2.4
HD1/E1.1
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

A wonderful kinaesthetic card matching game designed to help learners remember when to use capital letters.

The game comprises 52 picture cards (26 proper nouns, 26 common nouns) and [img_assist|nid=4758|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=58]26 double ended upper-lowercase dominoes. It not only reinforces knowledge of capital letters but also is a good speaking and listening activity. Learners often debate what or who the picture is and where it needs to go.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/L1.3
Ws/E3.4
Ws/E2.3

Lovely set of speaking, listening and discussion resources for the start of term in E1 ESOL classes. Covers taking part in social conversation; listening and responding to requests for personal information; accepting and declining offers / invitations (e.g. Would you like a sandwich?), and much more.
Includes question cards, would you like cards, food cards and a do-you-like questionnaire / ice breaker.
Full mapped and with detailed teaching ideas.

Level
E1
ESOL
ESOL Sd/E1.1a
ESOL Sc/E1.4b
ESOL Sc/E1.3b
ESOL Sc/E1.3a
ESOL Lr/E1.5b
ESOL Lr/E1.4b
ESOL Lr/E1.4a
ESOL Lr/E1.2e

A great walk-around-the-classroom-and-meet-people ice breaker activity for the beginning of term (any level ).

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
General numeracy / maths

Students must circulate and question other class members in order to complete the bingo grid. Makes a great ice-breaker or warm-up activity. Also makes a good lead in to sentence work.
Aapted from Heidi Griffin’s original version (see below), this new version is differentiated for a slightly higher level learner group and includes sentences to be completed by the learner. Covers many speaking & listening elements (asking & answering questions, giving personal information, etc.).

Level
E2
E3
English
Speaking & Listening