When teaching drama, creating a sense of trust among members of your class or troupe is essential to bringing out each student’s highest creativity. The following drama icebreakers are designed to help your group build ensemble while creating a sense of shared experience. Don’t worry about which one of these will work best, instead, choose activities that appeal to you.
The Line Game
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This is a great first class icebreaker. Come up with a list of ways for students to line up. Call them out one after another, but tell students that they cannot speak to one another. This is a silent game! When the line is finished, go along the line checking their accuracy. Make comments if something stands out. For instance, if a student has 25 pets, bring her up in front of the class and ask about them. Stopping every once in a while to ask questions or point something out helps kids learn more about each other.
Ways to line up:
- “Line up according to height. Tallest on this end, shortest on this end, go!”
- “Line up according to your birthday. January on this end, December on this end, go!”
- “Line up according to number of brothers and sisters. Most on this end, least on this end, go!”
- “Line up according to the number of pets you have. Most on this end, least on this end. Fish count, but dead pets don’t!”
- “Line up according to how many video games you own. Most on this end, least on that end. Go!”
- “Line up according to how far you’ve traveled from home in your life. Longest distance on this end, shortest on that end. Go!”
- “Line up according to the number of books you’ve read. Most on this end, least on that end. Go!”
Or try this!
Divide the students into two equal groups. Announce an order that you wish them to line up in, first group to finish their line correctly wins.