Objective: Get to know things you have in common with your classmates

# of participants: Unlimited

Space: Students can sit at tables or turn and face each other

Estimated time: under 10 minutes or based on the faculty member’s discretion and student engagement in the activity


Divide the class into random groups of 3-5 students. Have each group write down all of the things that they have in common. Tell the group that they get more points for the most unusual or surprising things they have in common. When the groups are done brainstorming commonalities have them share the commonalities with the entire class. You can also have them share just the most surprising commonalities.