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History icebreaker

This type of icebreaker can be used to used to help your students get to know each other and to introduce them to some of the key concepts of your course at the same time.

History icebreaker

Directions: Move around the room and find students who can give give you answers to these questions.

  • You may answer only 1 yourself.
  • Each student may only answer 1 or 2 for you.

Find a student who....

Answers written by this other student....

Name of student

1. Has a middle name that begins with the letter "S"

Middle name:


2. Has two younger sisters



3. Knows what A.D. stands for (not "After Death")

A.D. means


4. Can name one of the U.S. Senators from Michigan



5. Knows what an amendment is

An amendment is



6. Knows what country (or city) Columbus grew up in



7. Can name two rights in the Bill of Rights



8. Knows which two groups fought each other in the Revolutionary War



9. Has the same favorite movie



10. Knows what the main economic system of the U.S. is

Our system:


11. Has two dogs or two cats
(and can tell you their names)



12. Can tell you what "icing" is in hockey

Icing is


13. Knows the special name given to the foothills on the east side of the Appalachian Mountains

Those foothills are the


14. Knows what century the 1800s were (like the 21st century, the 9th century....)



15. Knows how many decades are in a millenium

Number of decades:


16. Knows the first European nation to explore and settle the American Southwest



17. Can tell you the two main parts of the Legislative Branch of the U.S. government



18. Knows what secession is

Secession is


19. Knows what a recession is

A recession is


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