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A Few of My Favorite Things

Flip it Over and Ask for the Three Least Favorite Too


Cocopop by Deb Peterson

Cocopop by Deb Peterson

Deb Peterson
At the risk of having the song stuck in your collective classroom head all day, this ice breaker is a good one for customizing to any topic. Whether you’ve gathered to talk about math or literature, ask your students to share their top three favorite things about whatever it is you’re there to discuss.

If you have time, go back around for the flip side: what are their three least favorite things? This information will be even more helpful if you ask them to explain why. Will your time together help to solve any of these issues?

Ideal Size

Up to 30. Divide larger groups.

Use For

Introductions in the classroom or at a meeting, or as an energizer when you can’t get people to participate in discussion.

Time Needed

30-60 minutes, depending on the size of the group and the discussion generated.

Materials Needed

If desired, a flip chart or white board and markers.


Go around the room and ask everyone to list their top three favorite things about your topic or in general. Why are they favorites?

Keep a list on a flip chart or white board and use for discussion.


If the exercise generates discussion, debriefing is unnecessary. You will have accomplished your goal.

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