Stronger When We Work Together: youtu.be/
That Fruit is Mine by Anuska Allepuz: vimeo.com/
Access the student reflection APP which provides an opportunity for students and teachers to reflect and respond to topic-specific prompts.
The purpose of this lesson is to help students learn how to work together in an effective and efficient way. Students will learn strategies on how to share their ideas and solve problems within a group. Students will understand the importance of respect and accountability in group work.
Collaboration is the process of two or more people working together to complete a task or achieve a common goal.
Collaborating with others can help you problem solve, see things from a different perspective, get more done in a shorter amount of time, and bring you closer together or improve social connections.
Activity 1: (20 minutes) CONCEPT ATTAINMENT
As a class, go through the concept attainment images. Show the slides and have students guess what the topic is. After several guesses, tell the students the concept is collaboration. Share the definition of “collaboration.”
Collaboration is people working together to complete a task or achieve a common goal.
Invite students fill out the T-chart about what a good collaborator looks like and sounds like. Once complete, review the strategies on how to be a good collaborator as a class.
Show the class Stronger When We Work Together video.
Activity 2: (25 minutes) COLLABORATIVE CLASS PARTY
Organize the class into groups of 3–4 with the task to create their next class party with a budget of $30 (or $1 for each student).
Secretly assign 1 student from 2 of the groups to be a non-collaborator.
Give the class 10 minutes to create this party. Have each group present their class party idea. Then come together as a class and discuss what went well, what could’ve gone better, and evaluate the groups’ collaboration.
Have the secret students stand up and share that they were assigned to be a non-collaborator. Discuss as a class how even 1 person can affect the efficiency of a group.
Activity 3: (15 minutes) READ ALOUD
Read aloud That Fruit Is Mine by Anuska Allepuz. Have a discussion about the difference between the elephant’s mindset and the ants’ mindset.
Activity 4: (10 minutes) COOPERATIVE COUNTING GAME
As a class, play the Cooperative Counting game. The objective of the game is to count to a certain number as a group (start with a small number and get higher as students start to pick up the game).
Activity 5: (25 minutes) TICK TOCK TASKS
Pass out the Tick- Tock Task List that has different point values. Divide the students into groups of 5 or 6 and give them 10 minutes to collect as many points as they can by deciding which tasks from the list to perform. The purpose is that each group comes up with a strategy to get the most points (everyone in the group must perform the task).
Prior to assigning the task, review the strategies for good collaboration.