Here are suggestions for games, activities, and lesson plans to encourage team building among elementary school students. There are indoor and outdoor activities, and cross-curricular lesson ideas. Many of these activities can be adapted for different age groups. Included are eThemes resources on cooperative learning and cooperative problem solving.
Students can work together toward a common goal by trying out these different team building exercises. Click on the name of the activity to see the complete directions. Scroll down and click on Team Building Quotes to read inspirational quotes from famous individuals.
This is an activity designed to encourage students to think about the importance of working together. This lesson requires the poem Nine Gold Medals by David Roth from Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul. This activity can be used before starting a group project. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This is an Easter-themed outdoors activity in which classes can participate as a group in an easter egg hunt using a map. This idea can be adapted to use other objects besides eggs and not related to Easter. Students can learn map reading skills as well as teamwork.
This lesson is designed to help improve relations among students though get-to-know-you activities. NOTE: These discussion questions are for older students, but this activity could be adapted for use with younger children.
Problem solving can be fun. Explore the following activities where kids are encourage to think creatively, share thoughts and opinions, create, discuss and solve problems, and than draw conclusions. Includes science, mathematical, logical, and environmental games and activities