This is a super easy station to set up. Requires minimal copying.
This is a great activity for a center or station or small groups. This would be great to do at the beginning of the school year or before you assign your first group project. I consider this activity to be applicable to grades 5 through 9. I found that my 8thgrade students, even my gifted ones, struggled with knowing how to work effectively in groups. Hopefully, this will give your students some direction in this area.
One of the classes I teach is an introduction to business course that I set up so the students are taken through multiple steps of the business startup process. This means they do lots of projects, about one every two weeks. Effective group work is essential to their success and I felt I need to give them some structure to the process.
In this activity, students create a list of things they feel a successful project group should have. They then review these ideas and as a group, select the ones they feel are applicable. After they have selected their final ideas, they should compare them to the list included with this file. Let them select which ones to add to their own list and then copy them for their own use. Alternatively, if you are short on time, you can have copies of the list included in this file for them to write their additions to for future use. My experience with middle school and early high school students is that they want to work in groups efficiently and effectively, but don’t know how. They tend to embrace being provided with a structure.
To set up this activity, you need:
I’ve also included a form groups can use on future projects to assign and note roles at the end of this file.