This is a fabulous lesson to start the beginning of the year! It is essential to teach our students the words and actions that we want to encourage during group work. This lesson uses role-playing to model both positive and negative group behavior.
PowerPoint presentation for the lesson
Role play character cards
Math activity to use as the foundation for the role play activity
Closure writing activity
The PowerPoint is the guide for the sequence of the lesson.
1. You will have a discussion about the benefits and negatives of working in small
2. Following this, students complete a simple math task independently.
3. Distribute the character cards and go over the role play requirements.
4. Students will discuss the math activity but they are doing it as the character on
their role-play card.
[This part is fun and the students really enjoy it!]
5. Conduct a debriefing to identify what was positive or negative in their role-playing.
6. Go over the slide that shows the kinds of comments that are helpful in group
7. Repeat the math activity discussion, but now the students act as themselves.
8. Discuss how things improved with attention to words that students chose.
9. Closure writing activity
Although geared toward a math activity, this activity could be adapted to any content area. It is suitable for grades 3-6.