If your classroom seating is arranged like mine, and your students sit at tables or in small groups of 4 (the number is not important here), this activity is a fun, competitive way for those students to build trust and bond with those they are going to be working (and sitting) closely to. The game could also be conducted as a whole class, but it is more difficult to get 40 students to agree on one commitment to focus on each day.
The first task is to have each group of students review the list of daily commitments and then decide (as a team) which one task they are all committed to complete by the same time tomorrow. Before students leave, the teacher must keep track of the commitment that each group has chosen. The Commitment Game begins when students leave your classroom! If you want more than just their word that the task was completed, you could require a signature from a person who was a witness to their task completion. The following day, the teacher will tally how many students from each team were able to stay committed.
Every day (for one week), groups will choose a new commitment - you could require that each day they make a different choice or you could allow groups to keep the same commitment for multiple days (especially if they were unable to keep that commitment earlier in the week). At the end of the week, the MOST COMMITTED group should be rewarded, for example: certificates, candy, school supplies, stickers, special privileges, points...whatever your favorite rewards are to give!