Teach students HOW to collaborate with a Growth Mindset (21st century skills)

Teach students HOW to collaborate with a Growth Mindset (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to collaborate with a Growth Mindset (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to collaborate with a Growth Mindset (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to collaborate with a Growth Mindset (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to collaborate with a Growth Mindset (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to collaborate with a Growth Mindset (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to collaborate with a Growth Mindset (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to collaborate with a Growth Mindset (21st century skills)
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Your students are working in groups but that doesn’t mean they’re working well.

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

Collaboration and Teamwork are NOT the same thing!

Explicitly teach your students to recognize different teamwork styles (collaboration, coordination, and cooperation). Then can encourage a growth mindset as we realize we can use strategies to be assertive and get the job done!

Save HOURS of prep work.

  • 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.

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In the zipped file, 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 184 SLIDES / PAGES 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.

(Psst, all of the files come in Word DOCX, Powerpoint PPT, and Google Slide format so you can change things to fit what you're doing in your class!)

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.

PSST, do you know the one magic phrase that teachers should tell their students? It's not what you think. Hint: It helps build a growth mindset...

Software Requirements

This package includes several files in a "zipped file".

  • The files are numbered in the order that you need them.
  • You need to be able to open a “zipped file”.

Lesson Plans / Handouts

  • If you want to print the handouts - you need Adobe Reader, or a web browser that can open PDF files
  • If you want to edit the handouts - you need Microsoft Word to edit the DOCX handout files and you may need to install the BANGERS comic-book font (Included)

Google Slideshow

  • We suggest using Chrome as your web browser to view Google Slides at its best
  • You need a Google account if you want to make a copy and edit the Google slides

Microsoft Powerpoint

  • You need Microsoft Powerpoint
  • You will need to install the BANGERS comic-book font (Included)


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.

We provide 3 different versions of the lesson slideshow (117 slides):

  • A link to the Google Slideshow so you can show it right away. (Get started in seconds!)
  • A link to a version of the Google Slideshow that you can make a copy of the presentation. (Edit the content to fit your exact classroom needs.)
  • A powerpoint file that you can download (PPT) and modify. (Edit the presentation to fit your needs, and use the presentation when the internet is down!)


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 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!

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