Icebreaker: Coat of Arms
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
Course: Earth and Space Science for pre-service and inservice teachers
The ActivityIn this ice-breaker the students creat their "coat of arms" on a piece of paper. They divide the paper into four parts and draw pictures in each corner to represent:
- Their favorite place
- Their favorite activity
- What they hope to get out of this class
- Their name.
I then tell them to crumple up their paper and throw them at me. This right away breaks the ice as it makes them laugh. I then pick up the first piece of paper and call the student up to the front. I introduce them to the class, attempting to interpret their drawings (no words are allowed). They can assist me with this interpretation. Once we are done I ask them to pick up a piece of paper and introduce someone else. This proceeds until all, including me, have been introduced. This activity sets the tone for the semester as a friendly atmosphere that is not so serious as to be dull.