Icebreaker Games for Elementary Students


Subject: Wh-questions + Vocabulary + Alphabet


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

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 12+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 15-25 minutes

Place: Any

Equipment: Not required

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation. If possible, arrange the game participants so that they are sitting or standing in a semi-circle.

How to Play. To start the game, Player A comes to the front of the class and answers questions of their new classmates in such a way that the keyword begins with the same letter as their name. A typical role-play might start something like this: 
You: What's your name?
Player A: My name's Evelina.
You: How do you spell that, please?
Player A: E-V-E-L-I-N-A.
Player B: Where are you from?
Player A: I'm from Egypt.
Player C: What's your job?
Player A: I'm an engineer.
Player D: What's your favourite colour?
If Evelina cannot name a colour, beginning with the letter 'E', she gets two points by the number of her answers. This time, it is Player B, whose turn to come to the front of the class, and so on. The game continues around the circle as long as all the students have introduced themselves. At the end of the activity, the number of points, accumulated by each participant during the whole competition, is counted up. The player, who gets the most points, becomes the winner of the game.