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I Know vs. I Wonder Icebreaker Template

Hear from everyone and cultivate curiosity with this simple get-to-know-what-we-know activity that’s perfect for fostering connection in all directions.

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What is I Know vs. I Wonder? 💭

This activity gives the group an idea, question, concept, or problem, and then asks them to generate two lists: one list of things they know, and one list of things they wonder.

Example prompts

Use I Know I Wonder for group cohesion: “What are things you know about this group? What are things you wonder about working together?”

Use I Know I Wonder for having people share about their working styles: “What are things you know about yourself when you work on projects? What are things you wonder about how this group will work together?”

Use I Know I Wonder to help the group talk about a project: “What are things you know about the project we are tackling? What are things you wonder about the project?”

Use I Know I Wonder to help a group dig into a conversation: “What are things you feel you know about DEI? What are things you wonder about DEI?”

How it works

  1. Let the group know that you’re going to be creating two lists together. One list is going to be things they “know” and the other list is things they “wonder”.
  2. Share the prompt that participants should respond to and then start to field their responses. You can have them shout out things and categorize them as they come in or do all the “I knows” and then all the “I wonders”.
  3. Use the Whiteboard or Google Docs integration to take notes collectively.
  4. Continue until you run out of time, space, or ideas.

About the creators

Facilitator Cards is a deck of 60 facilitation activities that are simple to implement and easy to reach for whether you're planning or in a pinch.

Facilitator Cards were created by the same two humans behind Facilitating.XYZ (a free online resource for all facilitators), Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation (book about key facilitator concepts), & The Safe Zone Project (free curriculum & train-the-trainer retreat guide).

To learn more about using Facilitator Cards and Butter together, check out this blog.

Duration

1-10 mins

Tools used

Categories

Check-in/Check-out
Connection
Icebreakers
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