Five Icebreakers for the Science Classroom

Getting to know you activities for grade 4, 5, 6 and 7 classrooms

Going back to school and getting into a classroom routine can be hard for both teachers and students. The first days of school are usually filled with some nervous anxiety as students get to know one another and teachers get to know their students. Icebreakers can help to relieve some of this anxiety. Icebreakers are activities that allow people to quickly get to know one another to allow them to feel more comfortable. Here are five ideas that you can use in your science classroom to start off the school year:


 Ask students to tap into their artistic side by using playdoh to sculpt something that is meaningful to them. Give students time to think about what they want to sculpt, remind them that it’s OK if they aren’t artistic just do your best, and then allow them to create. Make sure to leave time for all students to be able to tell one another what they created and why it is meaningful to them.

Hands on activity to get to know your upper elementary and middle school students.

This activity is great for students of all ages. My seventh graders LOVE when I break out the playdoh for an activity. In my classroom, I have the small containers that come in a multipack. They last for several years as long as they are always placed back in the container and the lid is closed tightly.

Snowball Fight! 

Give each student a piece of paper (or have them supply their own). On the piece of paper, students will write down one piece of information about themselves that they would like to share with the rest of the class. Students then toss them in the air. After all, snowballs are tossed, ask each student to pick one up and guess who they think the snowball belongs to.

STEM activities: 

Students can work together in small groups to meet and beat a challenge. Sometimes activities like this can be better for classes where students do not really know one another. It can lessen anxiety on the students as they only have to work with a few students instead of being front and center of the entire classroom. The Center for Developing Excellence has a compilation of tons of activities that can be found by clicking here.

Using STEM to foster relationships with your grade 4, 5, 6, and 7 kids.

So you hate group icebreakers yourself? Here are two ideas that will allow you to better get to know your students without the stress of group activities.

Three Things I Want My Teacher to Know: 

Sadly, our students come from all backgrounds of life. Even student who appear to be happy on the outside can be facing tough personal challenges. This free worksheet gives students a chance to tell you three things about themselves. Some students may tell you superficial things about themselves while others may give you surprising information that will allow you to be a better teacher and role model for them.

Elements of Me

Help your science students feel comfortable by getting to know more about their personal lives through authentic science materials.

I love this activity because it authentically combines a science topic, the periodic table of elements, with a getting to know you activity. Students will use the template to divulge personal information about themselves while creating their own “element”. This also provides students with background information that will help them when they start learning about the periodic table to understand that each part represents something specific.

I hope these ideas help you brainstorm how you want to start off the school year. Let me know below which one you choose to do or if you have another activity that you like to use.

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