You also might want to go through a short example before you begin (*explained later). Shuffle them up and hand them out so each student has a card - male characters don't necessarily have to go to the boys, and vice versa!
The aim is for each person to find their 'perfect match'.
Speed dating lesson resources
Also, if you have an uneven number of students, you can sit in to make it even. Make sure everyone has understood everything that's written on their card. After the five minutes, they should write down the name of that person, 'yes' or 'no' based on whether or not they think it's a good match, and then give their reason (eg.
Then sit them down along a row of tables, with the 'guys' on one side and the 'girls' on the other. No, because she smokes and doesn't do any sport, and I don't like unhealthy people.) 4.
Students with a spade or club (black card) get a "sour face" at the end of their book date (a warhead candy). Next time, we'll get to squeeze in more rotations since I won't have to take time explaining how it works.
Best of all, they were introduced to LOTS of new books and genres!
The students must face each other and then one side, for me usually the guys, must move along one seat and the students “meet” someone new. The students have some basic information and a picture but they must “become” this person and then take it from there.
There is a “scorecard” to fill in, usually by the girls, as well as questions to stimulate conversation.
Embrace the bottle flip challenge, by doing a lesson on it.
At the end of the lesson we explain the (rather complicated) physics behind the bottle flip challenge.
So here is what I did: : Decide how you want the tables set up. I put 10-15 books on each table to represent that genre. I also set up a Power Point with the directions for the minutes. As they came in, they noticed the signs and books, and I could already tell they were picking their genres, even though I hadn't said a word about what we were doing. The romance section was particularly popular, even with the boys, so I added some "non-pink" romances to that table for the boys.