A Quick Game to Help Build a Classroom Community

Whether it's Back to School season or your class just needs something to get back on track, it's time to think about building (or retooling) that classroom community!

I love to start the year with lots of opportunities for students to get up and move AND get up and TALK to each other!  One of my favorite games (and super easy to implement) is Human Bingo!  You can make any size bingo sheet you like, and fill in the boxes with "Find someone who..." stems.  Some examples could be- went on vacation this summer, likes pizza, has a pet, etc.  Students get up and moving trying to find someone for each box on their bingo board, and have their classmates sign the appropriate box.  Fun and simple.

I even did a spin off of Human Bingo using the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile Traits.  For those of you not familiar, these are ten traits that students in an IB programme strive to possess in their learning and life.  I created a sentence stem having students select a trait they exhibited over the summer, explaining why.  Then they play human bingo to find classmates who demonstrated one of those traits over the summer.

I have the IB Learner Profile Ice Breaker as a freebie in my TPT store.

What activities do you use to build classroom community?

1 comment

  1. "Find someone who..." games are always so much fun. I had never heard of IB Learner Profile Traits. I'm thinking I could modify your idea by using character traits. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Laughter and Consistency


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