|Students are looking for the mystery person on the card.|
When all the cards were completed, I collected them, shuffled the deck, and passed them out randomly
|"Is this you?"|
|Our international students have so many interesting experiences.|
The final part of this activity was to use the cards to find two other students in the class with similar interests. Each self-selected group had to have something in common, using the information on the cards as a launching point. As the kids divided up into groups, I checked in with them to learn what they had in common. One group of three boys teamed up because they were all the youngest siblings in their family. Another group formed because they all played musical instruments. Three girls formed a group because they all love the beach. I really enjoyed watching kids try to find common interests to form a team. Once all the students had identified a group with similar interests, I announced that this was their first lab group of the year. The teams each received a sample of a mixture (iron, salt, sand, and rocks) that they had to separate and determine the percent mass of the mixture. They were excited to learn that their group was staying together for a lab project.
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Over the next few days, I used the cards to practice the kids' names while they conducted their experiment. I took advantage of the information on the cards to ask questions about each student's interests and hometown. It was so nice to have a conversation starter to begin developing a relationship with each kid.
On the first quiz at the end of the week, I used their cards to make a "Who Am I" extra credit question. Using the cards once again, I wrote a statement describing each kid in the class. Everyone got at least their own clue correct on the quiz, but more importantly, the kids asked around to identify their classmates from the clues when they got their graded quiz back. I included a different clue about myself on each quiz too.
Using this simple get-to-know-you activity has started the class off on a positive note. The students got a chance to learn about each other, and I layed the groundwork for a positive learning environment by taking time to meet each of my students.