This might work.
Tell your students to find two things with seemingly nothing in common.
Then, have those students name, draw, photograph, bring in, etc. those things.
Partner students up.
Now, have the partners switch their things with “nothing in common.”
Now, prompt students to think, brainstorm, and write to find the commonalities between his/her partners two things with nothing in common.
Finally, after a few minutes, have students close the activity with a discussion among the class to share out their ideas.
This can be linked to a writing assignment or just for fun. It might help teach empathy and perspective, promote dialogue and discussion.
It might be fun.
It might fail.
What do you think? Leave a note in the comments section.