I have a love hate relationship with snowballs. February bus duties are dreaded by every teacher or principal who finds themselves in the middle of a “battlefield”. But alas, someone with a sense of humour and a penchant for looking at the positive side of things, created an engaging cooperative learning activity that makes snowball fights FUN for teachers!
It’s fun for students too!
Here is how it works:
- Participants are asked to write on a blank sheet of white paper.
- If this is an ice-breaker or ‘Getting to Know you Activity’, they could be asked to write 3 things about themselves;
- If it is to be content based as in a review or check for understanding, students could be required to respond to a question or problem;
- If it is to be used as an exit card, students could be asked to write reflective comments about that content or their understanding.
- It is generally a good idea to keep the snowballs anonymous since they might be less intimidating that way.
- Each student crumples the paper up into a “snowball” and the teacher signals the beginning of the battle! Always aim below the neck!
- At the end of a minute ask participants to grab the nearest snowball and respond to it
- If it is 3 things about themselves they could try to guess who the person is
- If it is content related they could add another comment; offer an improvement; you could have another round of snowball fighting.
- In the case of the Exit Card, the teacher will want to pick up a few (anonymous) snowballs and read them out and respond to them. But be sure to collect ALL Exit Cards/Snowballs to review later.
I have orchestrated a few snowball fights in workshops with teachers. I even tried it with a group of 200+ teachers in an auditorium in Kuala Lumpur! But I think this can work in any setting, any age group.