Students with a spade or club (black card) get a "sour face" at the end of their book date (a warhead candy). Next time, we'll get to squeeze in more rotations since I won't have to take time explaining how it works.Best of all, they were introduced to LOTS of new books and genres!
Because of the nature of the class, the students do not tend to be readers, nor are they generally intrinsically-motivated to read. They really enjoyed this lesson, and my eighth grade library assistants, who saw the speed dating as they worked in the library, all asked me to do this with their classes, too. For the reading resource classes, I chose high-interest genres such as horror, humor, manga, nonfiction, survival, romance, sports, and realistic fiction. For my classes, I added a second nonfiction table since it was full every time.
Need an icebreaker that will warm up the group with action and movement? This speed meeting icebreaker will accomplish both of these objectives.
Plus, the speed meeting icebreaker enables your participants to succeed.
The icebreaker is also not intimidating because the attendees—and they worry about this and ask if they will have to touch another attendee—are not put off by a quick handshake when they meet their next speed dating companion.
When your participants don’t know each other, ask them to number off by one and two; half of your participants become ones and the second half become twos.