Find Your Match Icebreaker
A Fun Way to Pair Students Up and Get Them Acquainted
- Grades: 6–8, 9–12
Materials Needed: Index Cards (one per student), Interview Sheet (see explanation below), Pens or Pencils.
Preparation: Think about the student population at your school and what they typically relate to. Create index cards that contain easily linked individuals, or businesses. Here are some of the matches that I have used with my students:
Index Card 1: Beyonce — Index Card 2: Jay Z
Index Card 1: Bill Gates — Index Card 2: Microsoft
Index Card 1: George Bush — Index Card 2: Condoleezza Rice
Index Card 1: Russell Simmons — Index Card 2: Def Jam Records
Note: Be careful not to create cards that could have more than one possible match. For example, in the set of matches above, students may match Jay Z to Def Jam, the record label of which he is CEO, instead of matching him to his girlfriend, Beyonce.
Time Needed: Approximately 40 minutes for a class containing 24 students.
Activity Guidelines: Each student will receive one index card. Then, the entire class will stand, hold up their index cards for everyone to see, and walk around the room looking for their match. Students are prohibited from speaking until they have found their match.
Once students have found their match, they will sit and interview each otherpossible interview questions might include:
- What was the last school that you attended?
- What is your favorite book or genre?
- What really annoys you?
- What really makes you happy?
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- What are 2 of your hobbies?
After the interviews are complete, each pair will introduce their match to the entire class presenting the information gathered during the interviews