Go find something

This simple energizer encourages students to step away from their computers and search for an object that can be used as a start of a conversation. Get everyone, including yourself, moving!

Activity goal
Get to know each other
When
In class
Where
Online
Duration
< 10 minutes
Group size
Small | Medium
Materials

MS Teams, Zoom

Step 1

Instruct students that they will be asked to stand up and look for a certain object in the room they are currenlty in and bring it and show it to the camera. In case they seem not prepared, give them the opportunity to appear presentable in front of their cameras, 

Step 2

Ask students to search for an object with specific characteristics, such as colour, material, personal connection, usage, etc. Don't forget to join the activity!

Step 3

Keep a lookout and comment on what students bring to the screen. Ask students that bring an object that is particularly interesting, or unclear, to briefly elaborate their choice. 

Tips

  • This energizer can bring movement and fun to your session and is suited for a break. Furthermore, it naturally encourages students to turn on their cameras to show their object. 

Variations

  • You can also use this energizer to get the group members acquainted to each other, by asking students to find one object that best describes who they are and briefly present themselves with it.
  • Turn it into a 'go find something' race of who first brings a certain object. Here it is best to use more specific house objects, such as a toothbrush, fridge magnet, etc. 
  • Create a Bingo card with pictures of different house objects. The student who collects all items first has a BINGO. Let the students unmute themselves and shout "Bingo!to show they have found all items.
  • Make it a group assignment; the first group that (individually or as a group) has gathered all items is announced the winner of the day. You will have to create breakout rooms with and a time limit to facilitate this.
     

Consider the tools and materials mentioned here as suggestions. In many cases it’s possible to use alternative tools. Please turn to the Learning & Innovation team of your faculty (EUR or EMC) first to see which online and offline tools are available and how to apply them.

MS Teams, Zoom.

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