This is a powerpoint lesson that teaches students how to work in a group…because even in 5th grade this is NOT perfected! They always need a good review.
This starts with the Human Knot Activity. No other introduction or explanation, other than putting students into groups, and telling them the directions.
After the activity, you will debrief about what worked well, what didn't work, etc. Trust me, they will have A LOT to say! By doing this they are making their own understanding of what it takes to work well in a group.
Next, there are slides that have visual representations of what cooperation is, and what is needed to successfully work in a group.
Finally, they have another chance to show they can work in a group (hopefully better than the first time) through another cooperative activity students LOVE! After, they will debrief and compare. Students will critique each group's product and will be able to determine which groups worked the best.
You can do a lot more with this too and add slides with scenarios that students must agree on solutions to.
I use this at the beginning of the year when setting group work expectations. I've also used it as an intervention when students forget what good group work looks like later in the year!