Leadership Inspirations Activities

Whodunit

Find out how well you know your teammates

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

Index cards, pens or pencils

 

SUMMARY

Try and guess “who done it” in this interactive getting to know you activity.

 

SET UP

  • Split the group up into two separate teams.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pass out an index card and a pen for each participant. Ask each person to write down something interesting they have done. For example:
    • I went skydiving once.
    • I once drank a gallon of milk by myself.
    • I speak three languages.
    • I’ve lived in seven different states.
    • I’ve eaten bugs before.
  • Collect all the cards. Make sure to have two separate piles to pass out to the two different teams. Team 1 should be getting all of the index cards from team 2 and vice versa. Shuffle the cards and then pass them back out.
  • Each participant takes turns reading aloud their card and then the reader must guess whose fact they read. After they guess, the guessed person simply responds with “yes” or “no”. If the person guesses correctly, the guessed person can briefly explain the story behind what they wrote.
    • Facilitator Note: For timing purposes, if you let one person share, you should let everyone have the chance to share so make sure you have enough time depending on the size of your group.
  • The guessing continues until all cards are exhausted. Everyone reveals who wrote which card at the end.

VARIATIONS

  • This activity can also be played individually, instead of as teams. Try checking out Two Truths and a Lie or What If I Told You?.
  • After one participant takes a guess on who they they “did it”, you can have the rest of the team agree or disagree with the guess by giving a thumbs up or thumbs down. Doing this will help to keep more people engaged throughout the entire activity.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?