If You Really Knew Me…

  1. Icebreaker
  • Any Size

  • Grades 1-2

  • None

  • Less Than 10 minutes

Development Goal

To share and learn about one another and to increase social comfort.

Skills Practiced: Speaking and listening

Before You Start

  • Demonstrate what one round will look like
  • Lead a discussion about attentive listening before beginning the activity. Help students define what “attentive listening” means and what it looks like. It is fully hearing what the other person is saying without interrupting and not thinking about your own thing or how you want to respond while being spoken to. It includes facing the person who is speaking, making eye contact, nodding or other physical responses to what is being said, etc.
  • Make sure students know if they are A or B.

Set Up

A space for everyone to stand in pairs.

How to Play

  • Group student in groups of two and decide who student A is and who is student B.
  • Student A silently listens to student B for one minute (or shorter for younger groups).
  • Student B finishes off the sentence, “If you really knew me, you would know that…”  What is being shared about themselves can range from
    • Family information- “If you really knew me you would know that I am the youngest of 4 siblings.”
    • School information -“If you really knew me you would know that my favorite topic in school is Art.”
    • Favorite/ least favorite things- “If you really knew me you would know that I hate broccoli.”
    • Anything else they want to share about themselves.
  • Student B repeats this sentence over and over again completing it with a new piece of information each time. After a minute the roles are reversed and student B listens while student A shares.