Find Your Match Icebreaker Activity
This game is a fun way to pair up students and help them get acquainted.
- Grades: 6–8, 9–12
The customizable nature of this icebreaker makes it perfect for incoming students of any age. Choose opposites or animals for young grades, or book characters and celebrities for older students. Once students have found their match, they will interview each other and present information about their partner to the class.
You will need approximately 40 minutes to complete the activity with a class containing 24 students.
- Index cards, one per student
- Interview sheet or plain writing paper, one page per student (see explanation below in Directions)
- Pens or pencils
Set Up and Prepare
Think about the student population at your school and what they typically relate to. Students will not need extensive knowledge of the subjects of the cards, but they will need to recognize the names. 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: Beyoncé — 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 wife, Beyoncé.
Step 1: Hand out one index card to each student. Then have the entire class stand, hold up their index cards for everyone to see, and walk around the room looking for their match. Note: Students are should be prohibited from speaking until they have found their match.
Step 2: Once students have found their match, they will sit and interview each other. Note: You may want to brainstorm possible interview questions as a class. Suggested questions 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?
Step 3: After the interviews are complete, each pair will introduce their match to the entire class, presenting the information gathered during the interviews.