put names in a box
by Nadine Gutierrez
Get all the student's names written down on a slip of paper, and place them in a box or hat. Then have them pull a name out of the box. (If they pull their own name, they should pull another slip, then return their own to the box.)
After everyone has pulled out a name, then they each go around looking for the person who's name they drew. They get to know that person about 10-20 minutes, then break and let have them regroup. Repeat until everyone has found their person. (Jim may have Mary's name, but Mary could have Sarah's name, and ....) so it will take a few regroups until everyone has found their person and had time to talk.
It's probably a good idea to give them each a set of questions to ask -- and probably best to include some unusual or silly ones, like "What would you do if a mime came up to you in a park and started copying everything you were doing?"