Match the Fact
Set Up: Prior to the game time, have students write down a fact about themselves. It can be anything, as long as it’s honest. Transfer these facts to notecards. There will be four notecards per student. Two notecards will have the student’s name and two notecards will have the student’s fact. Fill out these four notecards for every student and divide the notecards into two piles. Each pile should have a notecard with the student’s name and a notecard with the student’s fact.
Instructions: Divide the students into two teams. Hand each team a pile of notecards. They have five minutes to try to match the names with the facts.
Here’s the Catch: Some of the students will obviously recognize their own fact and be able to match these notecards. Ideally, however, the students will have to use what they know or discern about the rest of the group in order to win.
Ending the Game: At the end of five minutes, read off every student’s fact and count how many matches the teams made correctly. The team with the most matches wins.
One possible variation of this game is to have students write down a specific fact – favorite food, ice cream, animal, fear, etc. This is more likely to create repeat facts, but it’s all part of getting to know each other.