Beach Ball Introductions

Students sit in a circle and toss a ball to a classmate in the circle. Students share information about themselves using the sentence stems their left and right pointer fingers are closest to. To prepare the ball for this activity, I used a permanent marker to write the first part of the sentence on one half of the ball while the words I write on the opposite side call for further explanation. For example, the student’s left hand might land on This summer I ______ , while their right hand lands on the word during. They might answer, This summer I went to visit my grandma during the month of July. In another variation, I use a ball that has several different ideas for sharing information. On that ball, the student responds to whichever prompt their left pointer finger is touching.