So often, when we ask students to work in groups, they talk in front of each other, rather than TO each other. Why not establish rules for how small-groups should work? Better yet, why not have the students themselves create these rules?
With these 4 games, you will cover skills such as taking turns, commenting on another student's response, managing time, helping shy students, and more.
The following four small-group games are included:
* Question Cards
* Would You Rather...?
* Who Would You Hire? (a scenario)
* Possible Reasons Why
BONUS: Small-group Discussion Assessment Rubric
You can use the games as part of a 4-days series to help students develop a final product: a class poster with a list of how good groups work, common problems, and common solutions.
OR you can use any of the ice breakers above as stand-alone activities.
* “I used these with my students this week. We had a great time and the idea of what group work should look and sound like was really emphasized! We concluded the week making our posters to post in the room.” – Brandy Z.
* “I cannot say enough good about these games!!! My students enjoyed them and learned so much! They were very engaged and were almost disappointed when we were done.” – Theresa W.
* “This resource needs an A+++ rating! I loved this unit. My students learned so much. The skills these games taught them continue to improve as we do group activities in other classes.” – Doreen T.
Reading Task Cards - Available for Grades 6-10:
Reading Graphic Organizers - Available for Grades 6-10: