The first few minutes of a new school year can be awkward and nerve-wracking for both you and your new students.
Then, set aside time for each group to share and present their findings.
Not only is this a great activity for getting to know each other, it also emphasizes how the class has shared commonalities as well as unique differences that make up an interesting and completely human whole.
First, come up with a predetermined set of questions about your students. These questions can be about anything, ranging from "What is your favorite food? "Give each student an index card numbered 1-5 (or however many questions you are asking) and have them write their answers to the questions on it, in order. After a few minutes, collect the cards and redistribute them to the students, making sure no one gets their own card.
Next, have the students roam around the classroom asking each other to sign on the lines that relate to them.
For example, some of your lines might be, "Went out of the country this summer" or "Has braces" or "Likes pickles." So, if a student went to Turkey this summer, they can sign that line on other people's worksheets.
I say that it's OK for each student to sign two of any other person's blank spaces.
The goal is to fill up your worksheet with signatures for each and every category.
This may look like organized chaos, but I guarantee you the students will stay on task and have fun with this one. Alternatively, this activity can be put into the format of a Bingo board, rather than a list. Then the rest of the class takes turns guessing which one is the lie.
At their desks, ask your students to write down three sentences about their lives (or their summer vacations). Obviously, the more realistic your lie (or mundane your truths), the harder time people will have figuring out the truth.