Build Community with Emoji Icebreaker GamesAdding Emojis to your icebreaker and all-about-me projects is just one more way to make them especially engaging. At a glance, students can make connections to other students and Emojis even add an additional layer of translating that requires critical thinking skills.
These Emoji surveys for Google Classroom and the iPad have students answering All About Me style questions using ONLY Emojis:
Build Community with a Class EmojiSwiftkey determined which Emoji was the most popular by state. Click the map to see the results. I think the megaphone for my home state of New Jersey is spot on! My Virginia friends will need to explain the whole frog thing though!
Students could come up with an Emoji or string of Emojis to represent the classroom. Students could work in teams and even vote on the winner. Schools could even assign Emojis to represent different classrooms or "houses" similar to how Ron Clark uses a house system to promote a sense of family and belonging. Students could also use Google Drive to design an Emoji for the class.
Use Emojis to Improve Classroom CommunicationI know when I text message, I use Emojis to add tone to my message that might otherwise be lost since we are not speaking face to face. Likewise, sometimes students still need help developing tone.
Emojis can be used in a lesson about sarcasm, teasing, and sincerity. I use the sentences on the handout below and have students practice saying the sentences in different ways.
Emojis Help Students Show SupportVodaphone released a free Emoji keyboard specifically to help kids and teens show support to one another. They even involved over 5,000 kids in the process.
The idea came about because many students lack the words to help a friend who is being bullied or cyber bullied.
Display Emojis to Promote Classroom CommunityEmojis are definitely having a moment, so why not sneak some character education with displays that students can connect to. Hang an Emoji pennant with reminders, character quotes, and expectations for students to look at. Study All Knight's pennant has 58 different designs to choose from:
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