This pack of classroom community includes four activities that will help students to establish guidelines and rules not only at the beginning of the year, but throughout the year. Students will learn how to communicate, deal with conflict, problem solve, listen to others ideas, not judge each other based on past/experiences, and compromise.
WHAT ARE WE MADE UP OF?
GOAL: Students work together to find out similarities and common goals/dreams that they have as a group. Students then use that information to create a classroom guide to meeting those goals together as a classroom. These goals can be turned into a chart for the year, and can be referred to for the year.
GOAL: Students work together in teams of 5-7 to balance a ball on a metal washer attached to strings. Each group member holds that piece of string and must communicate effectively to get the ball from one end to the finish line where there is a bucket for them to place the ball in. This activity helps students use their communication skills, and build upon their teamwork skills.
New Planet Activity
GOAL: Due to the pollution in the air, the Earth’s ozone layer is way too thin. Days are getting hotter and hotter. In a couple of days, the Earth is going to be too hot for humans to survive. NASA has a rocket that will send people to a new planet so that they can repopulate and the human species will not become extinct…the only problem is the rocket can only take 9 people!!!
Each person will receive a list of 30 people, and must cut the list down to the 9 people that they want to survive. They must provide logical reasoning behind their choices. Then, they will get together with a group and share their choices. The group must then come up with a list of 9 people that will survive. This activity helps communication, dealing with conflict, learning to compromise, developing leadership roles, how we make choices based on stereotypes/judgments and building logical reasoning.
THE BONDING BELT
GOAL: The goal of Bonding Belt is to get from point A to point B, as a team and while “stuck” together, as quickly as possible. For the best results, get at least 6 people involved in this game.
Have you heard of “Bonding Belt?” It’s a great team-building game to encourage discussion and interactions between students, and since a game only lasts for 15 to 30 minutes, you could also play it to start meetings off right! Students must work together and learn to communicate and deal with conflict that may arise during the activity. This will help to support positive classroom relationships, builds problem solving and provides feedback to students as to where they are as communicators and team members.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS
COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
SL 6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
SL 6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
SL 6.4 Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
W 6.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.