The Six Cs are a bunch of transferable skills that you can use at school, at home, at a job… pretty much anywhere. They’re learning skills that some people think our students are going to need in order to be successful in the 21st century.
This lesson includes 6 fun icebreakers to play with your class during the first weeks of school. In this package, you get over a week’s worth of lessons to do (6 periods of material). Each ice breaker is intended to fill one period of instruction. Each icebreaker lesson includes
Here are the six icebreakers we carefully selected to line up with the Six Cs.
Let’s get excited about the Six Cs.
TEACHER TIP: You’ll notice throughout the activities there are lots of photo opportunities for those of you who send home parent emails.
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to start to
The six Cs are a great way to connect to character education and learning skills. Depending on where you teach, you may be able to connect it to the English / Language Arts curriculum as well. Some possible connections to the Grade 8 Language Arts Ontario Curriculum are made below to give you ideas:
What are the “Six Cs”? Does anyone remember from last class?
The order doesn’t really matter, because they’re all kind of connected. But just to help organize our thoughts, we’ve colour coded the Six Cs and put them into alphabetical order…
TEACHER TIP: If you’re projecting onto a whiteboard or a blackboard, you could fill in the hexagons as you go along. Or maybe you’re projecting onto one spot, and writing answers on a separate whiteboard / blackboard / flip chart paper.
As we explore each “C” today, the big question is can you figure out
The point of this lesson is to get a sense of these transferable skills.
Before we do some activities, lets start to think about these hexagons. If you could move these hexagons around and group them together…
At this point, there’s no right or wrong answer. The goal is to get students to start to think about connections between the Six Cs, instead of only thinking about them in isolation…
Sample teacher prompts:
TEACHER TIP: You could do this as a “think, pair, share” activity.
The first “C” we’re going to look at is “Character.”
MINDS ON: Similarities & Differences. (Two minute quick conversation)
(Student answers will vary. The goal is to start figuring out similarities and differences.)
ACTIVITY: Human knot
Why did we choose this activity for “Character”?
However, this is more than an ice-breaker. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate perseverance and character.
Get into 2-3 even groups.
Each student hold hands with someone who isn’t beside them.
How quickly can you untangle the knot without letting go?
TEACHER TIP: A stopwatch can create some fun competition.
CULTURAL SENSITIVITY AND PERSONAL SPACE
TALKING POINTS: Character
Groups may not be able to untie, and that’s okay. The important conversation is about what strategies did they try? What worked or didn’t work? What could they try to do differently next time?
After this discussion, if time permits, try again.
(OPTIONAL) DEBRIEF Similarities & Differences. (Two minute quick conversation)
Depending on your class and amount of time you have in class, some teachers will choose to skip the debrief to keep things moving and fast paced. Other teachers might take the time to debrief the activity and reconnect with the big question about similarities and differences between the Six Cs.
Now that we’ve done this activity, has your answer changed to the following questions: