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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Not Just A Number! - An Icebreaker for 2011

Happy New Year!  Here’s a simple icebreaker (or a warmer) to start the year off on the right foot. Below are 11 questions about well-known (or previously unknown) facts, events and even an idiom related to number 11.
 
Objective: Recall various facts or events related to number 11
 
Instructions: Work with a partner or individually. Match the questions in column A to their answer in column B.  (Alternatively, cut out the questions and answers into separate strips and have students match the pairs on their desks. Then play a memory game.)

What's:

A
B
1. the name of the 11th wedding anniversary?
a. international chain of convenience stores
2. North American emergency phone number?
b. Nov.11, 1918 at 11:00 a.m. (eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour)
3. Apollo 11?
c. Aquarius
4. the 11th sign of Zodiac?
d. the 1st manned space flight to land on the Moon
5. the 11th animal in the Chinese Zodiac?
e. The Next 11- 11 countries expected to be the world’s largest economies in the 21st century (Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam)
 
6. at the 11th hour (that’s an idiom)?
f. November 11th
7. the day and time WWI ended?
g. dog
8. the number of players on a soccer or cricket team?
h. at the last possible moment
9. N-11?
i. 11
10. the date of Remembrance/Veteran’s Day?
j. steel
11. 7-Eleven?
k. 911

 
Variations:
 
For a lower level class substitute some questions with:
 
- What’s the 11th month of the year/11th letter of the alphabet
 
For Canadian classes, add or substitute with:
 
- What’s Canadian telephone directory number? (411)

- What’s the City of Toronto information line phone number? (311)

- What’s the number of maple leaf points on the Canadian flag? (11)

- What’s the name of the Canadian one dollar coin? (hendecagon, eleven-sided polygon)
 
Extension: think of 11 eleven-letter words (e.g.: appointment)
 
Answer Key:

1-j, 2-k, 3-d, 4-c, 5-g, 6-h, 7-b, 8-i, 9-e, 10-f, 11-a

POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:37 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment



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