10 minutes or more
Learning about one another and listening to directions
Before You Start
Skills Practiced: Listening, speaking and memorization
- Have the whole group gather in a contained area.
- 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 another topic 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.
How to Play
- Group students into groups of two and decide who side A is and who is side B.
- Side A silently listens to side B for one minute (or shorter for younger groups) while side B introduces himself, sharing anything he wants to share about himself.
- Reverse roles so side A has introduced him/herself to side B.
- Gather the whole group in a circle.
- Everyone takes a turn introducing their partner, by name, to the group, sharing the information they have just collected about their partner.
Run it like an interview session and give teams sheets of paper with different questions to ask each other.