Did you know that Frankenstein wasn’t a monster? That your skin weighs six pounds? That yogurt can soothe sunburn pain? That ice cream came from the Orient?
Pique your students’ interest with these and 176 other icebreakers. Learn about everything from bones to brain food, fables to flights, and predators to pyramids. Whether you are a teacher or a parent, you will find that these thought-provoking vignettes will increase your communication with your students. They can be used to encourage parent/child communication at home, reinforce home schooling, or promote discussion in the classroom.
As these facts lead to discussion, your students will strengthen their higher-order thinking skills while they develop an interest in the fascinating world around them. They will also learn to discuss and support personal opinions while developing springboards to investigation and communication.
Each icebreaker includes an intriguing fact, a point to ponder, and a project to pursue. Incorporating Williams’ and Bloom’s taxonomies, the icebreakers address each of the intelligences and the six levels of thinking.
Students are challenged to stretch their imaginations and their minds as they think of solutions to many problems such as how to reduce junk mail, save the rain forest, and encourage recycling. They use their creative abilities to write acrostics about social issues, empathise with the people on the Titanic, and design original artwork. These activities will promote independent thinking and will help students succeed in school and life.
Perfect for an early morning classroom warm-up or a jump start for family dinner discussions, Icebreakers will forever change the answer to the question, ‘What did you learn in school today?’