10 Active Ice Breakers That Will Energize Your Students

Get Your Students on Their Feet and Moving. Energized!

I once had a college professor leave the classroom in frustration because not one student was responding to him. It was a situation that every person in the room handled terribly. Don't let it happen to you. The cause of something like that can be a number of things, of course, but one cause is bored students. When your students stop responding to you, get them up and moving with one of these active ice breakers activities and restore some blood flow!

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People Bingo is one of the most popular ice breakers because it's so easy to customize for your particular group and situation, and everyone knows how to play it. This collection includes how to play the game, how to make your own game cards and customize them, and several lists of ideas to get your creativity flowing. More »

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You may have heard of 8-minute dating, where 100 people meet for an evening full of 8-minute dates. They talk to one person for 8 minutes and then move on to the next. This ice breaker is our 2-minute version of the idea. Get your students up on their feet talking to each other and they'll be energized to participate better in class. It works. More »

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A brainstorm race is a great way to review topics you've already covered, and have some energizing fun in the process. Teams race to brainstorm and list as many items as they can in a certain amount of time---without speaking! This works for test prep, too! More »

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A picture is worth a thousand words. Almost everyone has a photo or two in their phone or wallet, especially when you’ve got a room full of adults, or even better, baby boomers with grandchildren. The photo scavenger hunt is on! More »

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The more technology brings us together, the smaller the world becomes. Where in the world are your students from? Or, where in the world is your favorite place? More »

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Have a little beach fun without leaving your classroom. Beach Ball Buzz can be as fun as you choose depending on the questions you write on the ball. Make them related to your topic or completely frivolous and fun. Use this ice breaker for test prep, too. More »

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Feel Good Stretches

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Stretching is one of the all-time best kinetic ice breakers or energizers you can do to get the juices flowing. It doesn’t take much, you don’t have to change clothes, and it just plain feels good. When the blahs set in, get your students up on their feet and lead them in a short round of stretches.

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A simple drum jam can be a fun and easy kinetic ice breaker or energizer to wake up your class. All you need is your hands on your desks. Start with a few rhythm exercises and let the jamming begin. More »

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Scarf Juggling

Scarf juggling will get your class up, moving, and laughing. The cross-body movement also stimulates both sides of the brain, so when the exercise is over, your students will be ready to learn.

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Rhythm Recap

When it's time to recap what you've just taught, recap with rhythm. Remember the old game where you sat in a circle, slapped your knees, clapped your hands and snapped your fingers? Slap, slap, clap, clap, snap right, snap left.