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Group Work Learning Skills Collaboration Lessons ⭐ Google Apps™ Digital Resource

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    8 lessons to help students improve group work skills. Face-to-Face teaching or Distance Learning / Google Classroom.

    Collaboration and Teamwork are NOT the same thing! Here's why:

    Students need to recognize there are different teamwork styles (collaboration, coordination, and cooperation).

    Your students may be working worked in groups but that doesn’t mean they’re working well.

    This is a great lesson package to do at the start of the new year in January or right before you start a group project.

    • We did the work for you and found great examples of collaboration to help your students see the difference between just co-operating, or coordinating others, and real collaboration.
    • We DIFFERENTIATED the teamwork styles handout for different abilities in your class.

    This product is NOT EASY but worth it.

    • Teaching true collaboration is NOT EASY but worth it.
    • Likewise, this product requires some PREP WORK on your part. But, it's worth it.
    • I've done 95% of the prep work for you. But you still need to do the last 5% to adapt this product to your changing classroom environment.

    ▶️ This product contains multiple Google Drive folders.

    ⛔ Please look at this READ ME FIRST / PREVIEW FILE pdf before you buy!

    • This READ ME FIRST file explains what you get (with screenshots) and how this product is organized.
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    Collaboration is about working together to produce or create something. Teamwork is a bigger umbrella term that includes 3 different styles: collaboration, cooperation, and coordination. 

    • Teamwork could be collaboration. A group of students are working on an assignment and they’re all contributing to the discussion as equals until finally they have a collective aha moment and figure out something they didn’t realize before.
    • Teamwork could also be cooperation. A group of students are working on homework questions together and they’re sharing information with each other, but they each have a separate goal of getting their work done. 
    • Finally, teamwork could be coordination. A group of students are working on questions, and the kids who are stronger tell the kids who are struggling what to do or write down on the assignment page. 

    Build a growth mindset in your students. Teach them strategies to get better at collaborating. 

    ✅ The NO PREP slideshow lesson teaches the concepts.

    ✅ You can EDIT THE FILES to fit your classroom needs.

    ✅ The slideshow lesson is comprehensive and teaches the concepts:

    • IN PERSON LEARNING in your real classroom


    Create the following assignments in your Google Classroom. (One for each lesson)

    Assignment #1: Lesson A1

    • File 3a Lesson A1 slideshow  (Student can view file)
    • File 5a Google Slides (Make a copy for each student)
    • ---Note this file has 5 versions with 10 different puzzles each
    • ---If students are working in groups, one student will need to share their document with the other students. (Or, the teacher will have to do this.)
    • File 4a Review - Lesson A1 (Make a copy for each student)

    Assignment #2: Lesson A2

    • File 3a Lesson A2 slideshow  (Student can view file)
    • File 5c Google Slides (Make a copy for each student)
    • ---If students are working in groups, one student will need to share their document with the other students. (Or, the teacher will have to do this.)
    • File 4a Review - Lesson A2 (Make a copy for each student)

    Assignment #3: Lesson B1

    • File 3b Lesson B1 slideshow  (Student can view file)
    • File 4b Review - Lesson B1 (Make a copy for each student)

    Assignment #4: Lesson B2

    Assignment #5: Lesson B3

    Assignment #6: Lesson C1

    Assignment #7: Lesson D1 

    • File 3d Lesson D1 slideshow (Student can view file)
    • File 6 Vocabulary Builder (Make a copy for each student)

    Assignment #8: Lesson D2 

    • File 3d Lesson D2 slideshow (Student can view file)
    • File 7 Self Evaluation (Make a copy for each student)
    • File 8a Chapter Review (Make a copy for each student)

    OPTION 2: IN PERSON Learning 

    • Teach using the Google Slideshow (FILE 3) - all of the slides are in this file
    • Lesson Plan (File 2b) identifies which slides and handouts you need for each lesson.

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    In the Google Drive folder, you get:

    OVER A WEEK of lessons (8 days) to do with your class to help them start to think about how to get things done, and how working in a group doesn’t always mean we’re collaborating.

    (Each lesson is between 40-50 min long. We go through ALL 8 LESSONS at the end of this description.)

    • 117 slides in POWERPOINT and GOOGLE SLIDE format
    • 43 page lesson plan PDF with 8 DIFFERENT lessons (45-55 min each.)
    • 5 word jumble activity handouts (and answer key) to allow students to see if their teamwork is collaboration
    • Create-your-own word jumble activity handout
    • 5 DIFFERENTIATED versions of a teamwork styles handout + answer key
    • 9 Team Examples Photos for gallery walk activity
    • Vocabulary Builder graphic organizer (to develop a deeper understanding of what Collaboration means.)
    • Student Self Evaluation of their “collaboration” Learning Skill
    • Chapter Review assessment and answer key of possible answers

    THIS IS A TOTAL OF 175 slides, 35 pages of handouts, 49 pages of lesson plans in 8 LESSONS!

    If you want to get your students doing more than just cooperating (and calling it collaboration), we just saved you an incredible amount of prep work!

    As always, we're really proud of how good the slides and handouts look.

    NOTE: THIS LESSON IS PART OF A LARGER BUNDLE about Exploring the Six Cs / 21st Century Skills / Competencies

    The Six Cs are a bunch of transferable skills that you can use at school, at home, at a job… pretty much anywhere. They’re learning skills to help us be successful in the 21st century.

    Each Chapter package focuses on a different “C” and contains different lessons, slides, videos, and handouts. Although we use the same structure in each chapter (activity, video, vocabulary building), there is no overlap of content between packages.

    Lessons can be purchased individually, or you can SAVE MONEY and purchase the entire unit as a BUNDLE.

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    In this package, we introduce the learning skill / transferable skills concept of “Collaboration” to your students. Collaboration is about working together to produce / create something. (Dictionary definition)

    However, Collaboration is NOT the same as teamwork!

    There are 2 key concepts we explore in this package:

    1. What are “collaboration” strategies that we can use to get things done?

    2. What are 3 different teamwork styles, including “collaboration”?

    • Collaboration - working as equals, creating a new understanding / plan / idea
    • Coordination - teamwork through implementation of a plan. (We have a shared goal, but we’re not creating a new plan / understanding. Simply executing a plan.)
    • Cooperation- sharing ideas / resources, but we have individual goals, and we support each other and their goals. (We might end up creating something new)

    In this package, we:

    • Introduce the concept of collaboration and provide 5 different strategies to try as they work their way through a word jumble task. (Activity 1)
    • Allow students to discover different styles of teamwork by playing with words and grouping different examples of teams. We explore Collaboration, Coordination, and Cooperation through a series of Minecraft videos, and allow students to do a gallery walk activity applying their understanding of teamwork styles.  Students finish by analyzing 3 video clips and explaining which teamwork style is exemplified in each clip.
    • provide discussion points of 2 YouTube videos showing collaboration in different scenarios  
    • allow for deeper exploration of the concept of “Collaboration” by playing with the term using the Frayer Model of understanding


    After this chapter, students will be able to explain that Collaboration is about:

    1. Working with others
    2. To create something new (a new understanding, a new plan, a new idea)
    3. using a shared goal

    Students will have the opportunity to:

    1. EXPERIENCE an opportunity to collaborate (and not just work as part of a team)
    2. WATCH examples of collaboration where disagreement amongst the group eventually creates new knowledge and understanding.
    3. UNDERSTAND what “collaboration” is by using a vocabulary building graphic organizer (Frayer model) to brainstorm features of collaboration, examples and non-examples of collaborating with others, and finally narrow down essential characteristics of the word.


    Complete breakdown of ALL 8 COLLABORATION LESSONS

    We base this schedule on a 50 minute period and provide around 40-45 minutes of content per lesson. (Let’s be honest. It takes your students a few minutes to wander into class, and you’ll probably need a few minutes at the end of class to go over homework and administrative stuff)

    Depending on your teaching style, how often you see your class, and classroom dynamics, you may find that you can get through all 8 lessons in 5 days… or it stretches out to two full weeks.

    TEACHER TIP: If you’re short on time, pick and choose which teamwork examples to show your class, and which videos to watch.


    DAY / LESSON 1 - Word Jumble (slides 1-21) - 45 minutes total

    • Introduction of collaboration (slides 1-3) - 5 min
    • Solving word jumbles (slides 4-8) - 15 min
    • Open discussion about collaboration (slide 9) - 5 min
    • Give 5 strategies to try (slides 10-21) - 20 min

    DAY / LESSON 2 - Word Jumble Round 2 - Strategies (slides 22-30) - 50 minutes total

    • Introduce challenge & review strategies (slide 22-27) - 10 min
    • Creating own jumbles (slide 28) - 15 min
    • Present your best jumble (slide 29) - 15 min
    • Discussion which collaboration strategies you used (slide 30) - 10 min

    DAY / LESSON 3 - Teamwork Styles Round 1 (slide 31-49) - 50 minutes total

    • Collaboration is not the same as teamwork - 4 corners activity (slides 31-36) - 15 min
    • Brainstorming examples of teams / groups (slides 37-39) - 10 min
    • Photo Analysis - 9 Team Examples (slides 40-49) - 25 min

    DAY / LESSON 4 - Teamwork Styles Round 2 (slide 50-66) - 50 minutes total

    • 3 styles of teamwork: collaboration, coordination, cooperation (slide 50-55) - 15 min
    • Discuss answers (slide 56) - 5 min
    • Reflect on your teamwork style during the Word Jumble activity (slide 57) - 5 min
    • LDShadowLady overview (slide 58-60) - 1 min
    • ---Cooperation video clip (slide 61-62) - 8 min
    • ---Coordination video clip (slide 63-64) - 8 min
    • ---Collaboration video clip (slide 65-66)  - 8 min

    DAY / LESSON 5 - Teamwork Styles Round 3 (slide 67-83) - 50 minutes total

    • Explain gallery walk / review 3 styles of teamwork (slide 67-70) - 5 min
    • Gallery Walk (slide 71-79) - 20 min  
    • Discuss answers (use slide 71-79 again for discussion)- 5 min
    • What style is this? (slide 80-83) - 20 min
    • ---Video 1. Big Hero Six - first battle
    • ---Video 2. Big Hero Six - second battle
    • ---Video 3. Toy Story 2


    DAY / LESSON 6 - Collaboration Strategies in Video Clips (slides 84-94) - 40 minutes total

    • Review collaboration strategies / 3 styles of teamwork (slide 84-86) - 4 min
    • Video 1 Big Bang Theory (slide 87-90) - 18 min
    • Video 2 Oceans 11 (slide 91-94) - 18 min


    DAY / LESSON 7 - Vocabulary Builder (slides 95-111) - 40 minutes total

    • Introduce Part 3 - Understand (Vocabulary Builder) (slide 95)
    • Graphic Organizer set up (slide 96-97)
    • Minds on (slides 98-99)
    • Filling out the graphic organizer (slides 100-103)
    • Revising graphic organizer (slides 104-108)
    • Summary (slides 109-111)

    DAY / LESSON 8 - Self Evaluation / Review - (slides 112-117) - 40 minutes total

    • Student Self Evaluation (slide 112-116) - 10 min
    • Chapter Review Test (slide 117) - 30 min

    The READ ME FIRST file in the PREVIEW file section tells you exactly what you get when you buy this product.

    Have fun empowering your students! If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below!

    Also, read more about Collaboration Skills Lesson Plans on our website.

    Version 2.7 Update (Sep 29, 2020)

    Fixed error in Word Jumble (Speed Skating). Thanks to Sandy Castaneda’s 9th grade students for spotting the error!

    Version 2.6 Update (Sep 9, 2020)

    • This product has been re-organized to help you find what you need.
    • No changes to content.
    • Shorter file names.
    • Google Drive
    • -- Folder 1: files to print and teach.
    • -- Folder 2: files you can edit.
    • -- Folder 3. files for Google Classroom.

    The complete change log can be found at the end of the READ ME FIRST file.

    Total Pages
    117 slides, 35 pages of handouts, 49 pages of lesson plans
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    1 Week
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