Thank “phone” ness Challenge

November is all about reflection.  We focus on what we are grateful for in our lives.  What we are thankful for everyday.  If you are in need of an ice breaker for your November school library meeting, or just around your Thanksgiving table, try this Thank “phone” ness Challenge!  



As I was planning for my November school library staff meeting I was looking for fun and fast ice breaker type activities.  This activity could easily be made into a scavenger hunt for students as a reading promotion for this month as well. I knew I wanted something themed to the Thanksgiving holiday season and came across an activity by Jacquie Fisher from  Her activity inspired me to create a library themed version of my own.  

I went to my go to for handout creations, Canva.  If you do not have a free educators subscription yet, this is a great free tool for any promotional or handout materials.  I searched “Thanksgiving checklist” and found so many fun patterns and paper backgrounds to choose from.  Keeping with the themes of the month I created photo searching ideas that would be sentimental, but also library related.  


Playing The Game

To start our November school library staff meeting I passed out a copy of the Thank “phone” ness Library Challenge to each member.  I explained the rules and set a timer.  After 2 minutes had passed we went around the table, each person sharing the photo on their phone and explaining why they chose it. It took around 10 minutes to play the game from start to finish. Everyone laughed, smiled, and picked really unique things.  It was a great way to get to know each other better on a personal level, and have a little fun before jumping into our meeting agenda.

Ice breaker games are a fast and fun way to get a meeting going.  This November try the Thank “phone”ness challenge with your school library staff or family.  You will learn more about them personally and have a laugh doing it.  



Author: Elizabeth Libberton

Elizabeth Libberton is the library media specialist at St. Charles East High School in St. Charles Illinois. She currently writes book reviews for School Library Journal. She is a member of the ALA Awards Selection Committee. Also, she is a member of the steering committee for the AISLE Lincoln Book Award.

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