During our cooperation lessons, all students will learn:
What is cooperation?
- Working together as a team
- Each person doing their part to make the result better
- Encourage others
- Take turns
- Solve problems
- Take responsibility
How cooperation looks:
- What makes group work fun?
- What stops group work from being fun?
See below to explore what each grade level will do to practice the skills of cooperation!
Kindergarten: Make a PB & J
Students will work with a partner to teach Mrs. E, step by step, how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This activity encourages students to break down multi-step tasks into small, manageable chunks. We will put a special emphasis on working with your partner before giving a direction.
1st Grade: Cow, Frog, Dog, Duck
Students will be assigned an animal to imitate. Then, students will walk and make sounds like the animal they are assigned. Students will get into groups with the students who have the same animal as them. Then, students must work to create a picture of that animal in their own environment. The cooperation comes in because each student is only allowed to draw one line on the paper, then they pass the paper to the next group member to add the next detail.
2nd Grade: Puzzle Completion
Students will be put into groups of 5 or 6. Then, they will each be given a puzzle piece. They will have to work with their group to put the pieces together. Then, they will have to combine their completed portion of the puzzle with another group's part.
The trick to this activity is that students will have to complete their tasks during intervals. Sometimes they will be able to talk to one another, and sometimes they will have to find other ways to communicate their thoughts.
3rd Grade: Save Fred
Students will be placed into groups of four or five. Each group will receive one paper clip, one gummy ring, and one gummy worm. The students will have to work together to "save Fred." They need to get the gummy ring around the middle of the gummy worm. The challenge to this lesson is that there is only one paper clip and the students are not allowed to use their hands to manipulate their materials.
Students will reflect on the things that made the activity easier (encouraging others, one idea at a time) and those things that made the activity more difficult (too many people talking at once, getting frustrated and not talking).
4th Grade: Marshmallow Towers
Students will work in teams of five or six. They will design a marshmallow tower on paper, then they will work with their group members to complete the tower with marshmallows and toothpicks. They will have to integrate their ideas, listen to one another, and make compromises throughout the activity.
5th Grade: Move as One
Students will work in teams of four or five. During their group's turn, students will line up at the front of the classroom. Each student will be assigned to move only one body part (e.g. Suzy will only be allowed to move her right arm). Then, students will work together to create the appearance of full body movement. From the audience, we will only see the first person in line, but we should be able to guess the action if teams work cooperatively together.