Secret Partners

For Middle Level & Elementary • 4-9

Materials: Name cards

How To Play: Players are given another player's name at the beginning of the day or week. They are not to reveal the name they have received to anyone else, as this other player is to be their Secret Partner. Students pay attention to what their partner does and says, so that at the end of the day or week each can share an acknowledgment of her partner, either verbally or in writing.

Plan for Success: Passing out the names on Monday, gently reminding players to continue to observe during the week, and acknowledging secret partners on Friday is a popular way of using Secret Partners. The gentle daily reminders are helpful, especially the first time.

Related Activity Type: 
Acknowledgments / Cheers / Closings
Related Topics: 
Building Relationship