These websites have suggestions for games, activities, and lesson plans to encourage team building among middle school students. There are activities for indoors or out, and cross-curricular lesson plans that incorporate problem solving and role playing. Included is an eThemes resource on cooperative learning strategies.
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. NOTE: The site has a link that leads to a site with a message board.
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 week long lesson activity incorporates role playing, research, and problem solving skills. Students can work in pairs or small teams to enact a mock congressional hearing. NOTE: Site includes ads.
This lesson plan explores the creative process by comparing individual to collaborative works. While this lesson is for older students, the activities can be modified to accomodate different age levels.