Icebreaker ESL Games


Subject: Verb to be


This exciting game is designed specially for helping you and your new students to learn and memorize their names on the first day of class.

Skills: Listening, Speaking

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 6-8 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-8 players

Time: 15-20 minutes

Place: Any

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes). Ask the players to stand in a line.  

How to Play. To start the competition, ask Player A to turn back to their new classmates. Next, they call out: 'Who's there?!' The other children take it in turns to shout out their names like this:
Player B: I'm Sonya!
Player C: I'm Petya!
Player D: I'm Varya!
and so on.
When the turn finally comes to the last player, they call out their name twice and all the other children repeate their names in reverse order. After the 'echo' has stopped, Player A turns and, passing along the line, verifies the names of their new classmates like this:
Player A: Are you Sonya?
Player B: Yes, I am.
Player A: Are you Mitya?
Player C: No, I'm not.
and so on.
As a result, Player A gets as many points as the names they have correctly reproduced. Then they stand at the end of the line, and their place is taken by Player B and so on. The competition lasts as long as each participant has played the role of a mountain hiker. The player, who gets the most points, becomes the winner of the game.