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    Imogene Forte(Author) Sandra Schurr(Author) Anna Quinn(Editor)

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Each icebreaker addresses each of the intelligences and the six levels of thinking, includes an intriguing fact, a point to ponder and a project to pursue. These activities will promote independent thinking and will help students succeed in school and life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Mrs W on 7 June 2007

    The title of this book is an inaccurate reflection of its contents. It contains 180 activities, some of which may involve problem solving or critical thinking but none of which I as a teacher (UK secondary school, ages 11-18), would use as an 'icebreaker' as I understand the term (i.e. games or activities that help break the ice at events where there are people who don't know each other). They seem to be called this, perhaps, because they 'break the ice' for younger students to learn about a wide variety of subjects (!?!) or are, as the blurb on the back cover says, "for an early morning classroom warmup or a jump start for family dinner discussions". It should be called "180 activities for kids"!The format of each 'icebreaker' activity is:1. a few sentences of information about an issue or subject.2. 'Points to ponder' -a few questions on the subject, intended to promote discussion, which may then strengthen higher-order thinking skills.3. A 'Project to pursue' connected with the subject.A randomly-selected example of one of the 180 activities is:"No.123: The Pleasures of PlasticsIn our society today, plastics are used everyday in a wide variety of ways. They can be soft or hard, rigid or flexible, clear or colored. Plastics are used to make everything from containers, luggage, and videotapes to tableware, cloth, paints and glues.Point to PonderSpeculate as to what you think plastic does to the environment. How does the use of plastic, for example, save on the cutting down of trees?Project to PursueThink of ten different uses for each of the following plastic items: plastic sqeeze bottles of dish detergent, plastic rings for packaging soft drink cans, plastic silverware for picnics, and plastic covers for jar containers."Other 'icebreaker' subjects include:The Lottery, The Pyramids, Soccer, Giants, Amelia Earhart, Giving speeches, Dreams to die for (Martin Luther King and considering dreams for the future), Books to cherish, St Patricks Day, Knowledge, The Hummingbird.Despite my reservations about the title, there are lots of good activities and questions raised in this book on a wide variety of subjects. It could be good for enrichment or 'able and talented' activities in school (mostly ages 10-14 approx?), or for youth groups.

  • By Z. Raza on 30 September 2011

    Fun ideas for really young kids like 6 to 10 years old. Otherwise no real thinking skills problems here. Good basic ideas to get class discussions going though.


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