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Engage your class with these 15 mini-lessons, ice breakers, class starters, and games. The best way for students to learn and develop soft skills/life skills is through active learning. Enjoy these 15 activities/mini-lessons that will foster communication, teamwork, and personal wellbeing in your class. This resource includes a PDF with instructions, handouts, and materials.
Part I: Creating a life skills class environment. Five activities are focused on fostering a daily/weekly focus on soft skills. These activities include: motivational class starter activity, the beach ball discussion game, class core values, 3 Q's class conclusion activity, and daily journal activity.
Part II: Activity based learning games and mini-lessons that foster 21st Century skills. Ten games and mini-lessons that teach teamwork, communication, problem solving, resiliency, leadership, and emotional wellness. All activities/lessons are between 15-30 minutes in length. Activities include: Balloon battle (teamwork game), ideal teammate (teamwork mini-lesson), flying carpet (teamwork game), shepherd & sheep (communication/leadership game), telephone drawing (communication game), object public speaking (public speaking activity), failure toss (failure/resiliency game/mini-lesson), piece of cake (problem solving game), container time management (time management game), and a work of art (emotional wellness and resiliency activity/mini-lesson).