"Are You More Like?" Another Favorite Activity Idea

This week’s activity for our ongoing Friday Lesson “Back-to-School Series” comes from Chris Cavert and Laurie Frank’s Games (& other stuff) for Teachers. This is a great activity to engage students in dialogue in the classroom.

Are You More Like…

The first couple of hundred “Are You More Like….” questions appeared in the book, Games (& other stuff) for Teachers by Chris Cavert and Laurie Frank. We had such a great response to the first set of questions and had so much fun thinking of them, we just couldn’t stop there. Are You More Like…?/What Would It Be Like…?: A Back-to-Back Book of Anytime Questions for Anysize Answers has 1001 “Are You More Like…” ponderables that can help open up discussions to many different topics. While you’ve got your group pondering, keep in mind the questions are also useful for personality identification and like/dislike elimination.

This book is great ice breaking tool for groups of any age. When using these questions, try to encourage participants to think more about the characteristics of the items. Younger groups will often just choose the item they like best—nothing wrong with that! Do whatever works best for your group. Add your own questions or better yet, ask your students to come up with some for the group!

Procedure: Clear out the center of the room as much as possible and form a nice big circle with your group.

Ask the players to choose one of the two characteristics from each statement you are going to read. If they are more like the first characteristic, have them step inside the circle. If they are more like the second characteristic, have them stay where they are as part of the circle. Leave a little time between each statement to give the students a chance to see who else is standing with them. Play along with them, by just stepping in and out of the circle as you read.

That’s the simple gist. We like to use this activity as our introduction to the process of active learning (getting up and moving around). We keep it simple the first time with a little processing after. Down the road you can use this activity again to bring out more personal perspectives and discussions.

Are You More Like……

a gallery or a museum?

a crossword puzzle or a word search?

a bloom or a bud?

hard boiled or scrambled eggs?

the coffee table or the kitchen table?

insatiable or satisfied?

a slide or a swing?

head lights or tail lights?

a trick or a treat?

a stander or a sitter?

a pink flamingo or a lawn gnome?

express or standard?

auditory or visual?

an action or a reaction?

a yo-yo or a spinning top?

a country farm or a neighborhood?

a ladder or a pole?

the ocean or the mountains?

a bracelet, a necklace, or a ring?

cash or a gift certificate?

figure skating or speed skating?

the escalator or the stairs?

up front or out back?

a sponge or a strainer?

the defense or the offense?

a cause or an effect?

spots or stripes?

Ballet or Hip-Hop?

a fountain or a waterfall?

touch, smell, taste, sight or sound?

mass or space?

a dictionary or a thesaurus?

an explorer or a settler?

the roots or the limbs?

nutricious or delicious?

a passenger or a pilot?

sunshine or moon light?

Shakespeare or Dr. Suess?

a kaleidoscope or a telescope?

the cheese or the macaroni?

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