What is Advisory? & Building Connections

1 September Resources/Lessons

This month is all about establishing group norms and getting to know each other. Below you will find a 29 activities aimed at helping the members of your advisory get to know each other and getting the year off to a great start.

Introductory Presentation

1. Show this short presentation to your advisory as an introduction to Advisory @ ORMS.

Advisory @ ORMS


Icebreakers are a great way for the members of your advisory to have fun and get to know each other. Here are a few you could try:

2. Beach Ball Ice Breaker - Requires a beach ball and a permanent marker, this activity has a tremendous amount of replayability.

3. Have You Ever? - Super simple set-up and gets people moving.

4. Roll the Dice, Break the Ice - this activity will require a 20-sided die. If you don't have one, ask someone that plays Dungeon and Dragons, or click here to use this online die roller. Have everyone in the advisory take a turn rolling the die and answering the corresponding question. This activity came from Miss Lifesaver.

5. Human Scavenger Hunt - another activity from Miss Lifesaver which would work with an advisory. Make it a competition to see who can earn the most points. Review answers as a group and everyone gets to know a little more about each other. You can also check out a variation of this icebreaker shared by Dade Schools.

6. Body Parts -Twister meets square dancing in this activity shared by Dade Schools. Get your advisory moving - all you need is an upbeat song and a little space.

7. Count it Out - The goal of this team-building and communication game is to have your students count from 1-15. Sounds simple, right? Except the students are not allowed to look at each other. What happens when you take away non-verbal cues...? Shared by Dade Schools.

8. Sit Down If - Everyone in your advisory stands. You read through a series of characteristics, and students sit down when a statement characterizes them. A quick and easy to set up activity from Dade Schools.

9. Clap - Another activity form Dade Schools, this variation of the classic hot/cold game will get your students moving and laughing.

10. Ice Breakers - so many ice-breaker activities. You may need a Pinterest account to view these, but it is worth it.

Other Activities

The games listed below are quick to set up and play and are good ways for your advisory to get to know each other.

11 . Trivia Questions for Kids - A website with trivia questions and answers for building connections.

12-16. Top 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Students - Five teachers each share an activity they use at the beginning of the year to get to know their students better.

17. First Day of School Activities for Big Kids - don't let the title fool you - you can use any of the dozen-plus activities shared by this teacher to help members of your advisory get to know each other at the beginning of they year .

18. First Two Days of School - this teachers shares how she uses "me-bags" to get to know her students. She also shares a few more great start-of-the-year activities.

19-28. 10 Back to School Activities to Build Community - 10 great ideas of quick and fun activities you can do in your advisory to build community.

29. The Balloon Stomp Game - simple to set up, this quick and easy game can lead to some serious discussion.