On Friday, 10/21, 7th grade had fun with a team building activity in the afternoon. They were given very little materials (13 pieces of paper and 1 yard of tape) to build the tallest structure they could with their small group. The tricky part was that they were only allowed to discuss a plan for 1 min. before receiving any of the materials. Once I started the 5 min. clock for them to build, they had to be silent.
They really got into it! Once, the 5 min. was up, they had 1 more minute to revise their plan, the option for more paper, more tape or half the amount of both and we started another 5 min. silent building period. At the end of the 2nd building period, time was up.
Some groups were more successful than others and we had a great discussion to conclude the activity. All in all, the students agreed that this activity really highlighted how important clear communication is when you’re working with a group.