Index Cards and Castles - A Design Challenge and Team Building Activity

Index Cards and Castles - A Design Challenge and Team Building Activity
Index Cards and Castles - A Design Challenge and Team Building Activity
Index Cards and Castles - A Design Challenge and Team Building Activity
Index Cards and Castles - A Design Challenge and Team Building Activity
Index Cards and Castles - A Design Challenge and Team Building Activity
Index Cards and Castles - A Design Challenge and Team Building Activity
Index Cards and Castles - A Design Challenge and Team Building Activity
Index Cards and Castles - A Design Challenge and Team Building Activity
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During this design challenge & team building activity, students will work together to build castles using only index cards. As they design their castle, they are not allowed to use verbal communication, move about the room, or use any additional supplies to help stabilize or attach the cards together.

If the students break any of the rules listed on the slides that follow, the troll (the teacher) will come knock their castle down, and they must begin again. The first team to complete their castle successfully wins. Introducing 1-2 challenges per day is typically appropriate as each challenge lasts about 15-20 minutes.

Topics of discussion that arise from this activity may include: teamwork, sportsmanship, non verbal communication, collaboration, strategy, recovery from disappointment, patience, and empathy.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Background Information Slides
Details about the premise of the challenge (which are provided in the overview text above), challenge rules, and tips for setup are included. In addition to this digital resource, you will need approximately 200 3”x5” index cards for each team.

12 Pre-Written Design Challenge Slides
A variety of 12 challenges that vary in difficulty are provided. Each challenge allows students the opportunity to use index cards to design castles that display their creativity, boost problem solving skills, and foster collaboration. Due to the fact that an editable PowerPoint version of the resource is included, these challenges can be modified to meet the needs of your classroom, or supplemented with challenges of your own.

8 Reflection Prompts
These discussion prompts help students reflect on the lessons learned after each challenge. The practice of reflecting can promote stronger collaboration skills, strengthen the classroom community, and help students make personal growth. It’s possible you may want to ask all questions after each challenge, or pick and choose those you find appropriate for your class. Keep in mind, the editable version of the resource allows you to modify the questions or supplement with your own.

Using these prompts is especially helpful if you plan to use this activity at the beginning of the school year when you are establishing routines, and expectations for respectful behavior.

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