Icebreakers, Games, & Classroom Activities

In addition to clearly established expectations, challenging materials, and engaging activities, the most effective instructors also bring passion, humor, fun, and a sense of community into the classroom.  Need an icebreaker for that first day of class?  Looking for an engaging game to assist students in the mastery of a concept?  Presented here are links to multiple examples of activities that foster student-centered instruction by involving students not only in the subject matter but also with their peers and the instructor.  You are invited to explore and make use of these resources.

ArticlesHelpful Links

7 Things You Should Know About Gamification
7 Things You Should Know about Gamification. (2011, August). Retrieved from

101 Interactive Techniques
Yee, K. (n.d.). Interactive Techniques. Retrieved from

A Classroom Icebreaker with a Lesson That Lasts
Freed, V. (2010, February 23). A Classroom Icebreaker with a Lesson that Lasts. Retrieved from

First Day of Class Activities That Create a Climate for Learning
Weimer Ph D, M. (2013, January 9). First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning. Retrieved from

Teaching with Clickers
Zhu, E. (n.d.). Teaching with Clickers. Retrieved from

Icebreaker Activities – Lansing Community College Center for Teaching Excellence

Teaching Tips – University of Central Florida Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning

Techniques of Active Learning – California State University