Teach teamwork with puzzles activity. Perfect for the first or last day and week. It is a great activity for establishing expectations and teaching group work skills that students will love. Quick and easy to prepare!
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The first week is crucial for establishing the type of classroom and student behaviors you want for the year ahead. This resource is a fun way to teach the importance of working well in groups and how to work well with others. It is a great activity for practising good team work skills and manners.
Directions For Use – Follow These Instructions
> 1 x puzzle in a bag for each student group.
> Timer (for timing how long each group takes).
1. Decide how many groups of students you will have for this activity.
2. Print out enough puzzles for each group to have one puzzle each (use color and print onto cardboard not paper). You can decide whether to give every group the same puzzle or hand out different puzzles to each group (5 different options available).
3. Cut each puzzle into different puzzle pieces. You can choose to use the images with puzzle piece templates on them or simply print the blank versions and make the puzzle pieces easier or more complex depending on your year level (you just simply draw your own template with a pencil then cut out the different pieces).
4. Place the pieces to each puzzle in a separate bag or container.
1. Place students into groups.
2. Hand each group the puzzle, tell them to complete it as a group and time how long they take.
3. Engage students in a discussion about what good group work is, how to work well in groups and why it is important.
4. Tell students to use what they’ve learned in the discussion to talk as a group about how they could work together to complete the puzzle in the best and fastest way possible.
5. Hand students the puzzle again, have them complete it and time how long it takes (students should be quicker after working well in a group and having the group discussion).
6. Engage students in a discussion about the differences they saw in working as a group the first time verses the second time and again discuss what good group work is, how to work well in groups and why it is important.
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