Have you scrolled through several blog posts hoping to find just the right icebreaker questions for teens? I’m hoping that this post will be your last stop because I want to give you 105 icebreakers high school students will enjoy talking about during the “getting to know you” back to school transition. This is your one-stop-shop for ice breaker questions. You’re welcome!
As an introverted teenager, I used to think that icebreaker activities were a waste of time. This was mostly because they made me uncomfortable and I was self-conscious in talking about myself. Even good icebreaker questions left me tongue-tied.
Then I became a teacher. And I knew there was a need to build classroom community, so I started to think of ways to use icebreakers to foster student-to-student connections.
The Science of Icebreakers
There is actually some benefit to icebreakers in terms of human psychology. Did you know that it’s part of our human nature to like people who are like us.
Why? We want to be liked and there is less possibility of rejection when we share a mutual interest, value, or experience.
So, when we as teachers provide students with team building activities, we are creating a connection based on a mutual experience. When we provide students with ice breaker questions as a “getting to know you” activity, we are creating an opportunity for connection based on mutual interests and/or values.
If students perceive that their classmates don’t like them, chances are they don’t see much common ground between themselves and their peers. If students lack connection to each other, the more likely they are to participate in behaviors that separate them from the group.
That’s why it’s so important to take time to build a classroom environment, not just at the beginning of the year but throughout the year. Each time you do, you are sending the message “we are in this together.”
Ways to Use Icebreakers in the Classroom
There are different ways to use ice breaker questions other than the typical partner interview.
Here are a few ways to spice it up:
- Icebreaker menus or choice boards.
- Quick brain break during a lesson.
- Question of the day projected on your agenda slide. Have students discuss at table groups or with an elbow buddy.
- Speed dating. Form two lines and have one line rotate so students switch partners for each good icebreaker question you ask.
- Have students find someone who has the same answer to the question as they do and write their answer/name beside the question.
105 Icebreaker Questions for Teens
Use all or some of these good ice breaker questions to get students talking to each other. And remember, the goal of these icebreaker questions for teens is to help students to find common ground with each other. You can emphasize this by having students write down the connections they make to each person they talk to if you wish.
Personal / Life Questions
- What was your favorite game when you were a kid?
- What is your biggest hope for the future?
- What do you fear the most?
- If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
- What would people on social media say about you based on your posts?
- What is your favorite meme and why?
- What is the last song you sang out loud?
- What is your favorite quote?
- When you wake up in the morning, what are you most thankful for?
- If you could switch one thing about yourself, what would it be?
- Describe your perfect day.
- Would you want to be famous?
- What are you most likely to argue about?
- What are the top two songs on your playlist right now?
- Name three things you and I appear to have in common.
- If you could change anything about your childhood, what would it be?
- What is your greatest accomplishment?
- Which family member are you most proud of?
- Which family member are you closest to?
- If you could know the future, would you choose to find out?
- What would you change about your life, if anything, if you knew that you had a month to live?
- When are you most likely to cry?
- What do you take really seriously? Joke about?
- Which TV or movie character would you be friends IRL with?
- What is something you have always wanted to do, but have never done before?
- When you are at a party, where are you and what are you doing?
- What’s your most creative accomplishment?
- What do you want to be known for?
- What is your favorite memory?
- Who is your favorite vlogger?
- What show are you most likely to binge-watch?
- What is your favorite sport to watch?
- What is your favorite sport to play?
- What favorite project are you working on right now?
- What makes you happiest?
- Do you think the world expects too much of young people?
- In what ways do you think differently or the same as your parents?
- If you could move anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- How do you think the world will end?
- What is your dream car?
- What is your superpower?
- I wish I knew _____________.
- I love it when _____________.
- If only, _____________.
- My motivation _____________.
- My parents _____________.
- I make the world _____________.
- When it rains _____________.
- Life is a _____________.
- I predict _____________.
- I sometimes imagine _____________.
- Beware the _____________.
- The most underrated invention is _____________.
- At 4:49 tonight, I will be _____________.
- I enjoy the little things in life, especially _____________.
- _____________ is priceless.
- What are your most and least favorite subjects?
- What do you like the most about your schedule this year?
- What are you most excited to do this school year?
- What clubs or activities do you participate in?
- If you could change one thing about our school, what would it be?
- Who was your favorite teacher?
- What is worth taking the time to understand on a deeper level?
- Tell me about the last thought-provoking text you read.
- What time do you wake up in the morning and go to bed at night?
- What is your favorite location in the school building?
This or That Good Icebreaker Questions
- Paper or plastic?
- Up or down?
- Real flowers or air freshener?
- Lemonade or Iced Tea
- Starbucks or Dunkin?
- Target or Walmart?
- Haircut or grow it out?
- Formal or informal?
- Noisy or quiet?
- Always honest or little white lies?
- Clean or messy?
- Pasta or steak?
- Book or Kindle?
- Memes or gifs?
- Rain or sun?
- Sleep or no sleep?
- Fortnite or COD?
- Dance or sing?
- Comics or manga?
- Bright colors or neutrals?
- Woke or ignorant?
- Goodbye or hello?
- Art or music?
- Imagination or reality?
- Movie at home or in the theatre?
- Pillow fight or water balloon fight?
- Popping bubble wrap or checking off items on a to-do list?
- Reddit or Tumblr?
- Gaming or social media?
- ROFL or LMFAO?
- Would you rather pet a shark or stare down a tiger?
- Are you more like a bird or a squirrel?
- What makes the world go round?
- If you could design the ultimate treehouse, what would it look like?
- What book would you want to actually get lost in?
- What is between here and there?
- Which is better: finding a folded chip in the chip bag or a pencil with a really good eraser?
- What is better than sliced bread?
- If you had to re-make the world out of only one food, which one would you choose?
Thanks for reading this post! I hope you found a bunch of good icebreaker questions for teens in your middle school or high school classroom.
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Dear Lindsay Ann,
Thank you so much for these!
You’re right, you are my one stop shop for getting to know you questions for my teens!
They will make a wonderful lesson!!
May you continue in strength and creativity!
Thanks for your encouragement, Dina!