What teenager wouldn't love to take part in that?
Coincidentally, my first week of school is next week and I am dedicating the first 5 days to team building in my class in hopes of building positive relationships with my students that will allow the year to flow smoothly.
So, you might ask: What does relationship building and food fighting have to do with each other?
Well, here's my vision...
We have all heard of the writing activity called "Snowball Fight" during which students are asked to write something (question, statement, etc.) on a sheet of paper, wad it up and then throw it and other paper balls at classmates in a mock snowball fight. Afterwards, students usually have to respond to the question they wind up with. I am putting a Spanish culture spin on this activity by turning it into an ice breaker that @laurajanebarber inspired. In her activity she asks students to write down one fact about themselves that very few people know about them. They can also write their name on the paper, too, but only in small letters at the bottom of the page. My twist on her activity will be that the paper will be red and I will give them a little background on La Tomatina using this powerpoint and video. My students will write their personal fact on their paper, wad up the paper into a ball and prepare to have the fight. They will begin the fight with a signal: the La Tomatina theme song (or other Latin music). They will throw "tomatoes" at each other until the music stops, then they have to stop, pick up the nearest snowball, sit down an wait for further instructions.