ESL Icebreaker: First Class Scavenger Hunt

ESL Icebreaker: First Class Scavenger Hunt

First Class Scavenger Hunt is a fun and energetic first class icebreaker that works well with young learners and teens. In this activity each student is given a handout. On the handout there are a number of statements. Students must go around the classroom asking other students if they have ever done the things listed. Each time they find a student who has done something on the list they need to get that students signature. This activity is a fun and active way to break the ice in the first class.

Activity time: 15 minutes (approx)
Materials required: a printable handout for each student
Skills Practiced: Speaking, question forming.
Level: Young learners and teens. Beginners +


  1. Give each student a copy of the handout.

  2. Explain to the students that they must go around the classroom and ask the other students to sign their name if they answer ‘yes’ to any of the statements.

  3. When they have completed the handout check and get more information from each student.

  4. Enjoy and have fun.

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