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Teaching Tips: Team Building Activities for Middle School Students

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.


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What does it mean to be a team? In this lesson plan, students can learn to define teamwork and work together in groups. NOTE: The site includes ads.
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 a cooperative learning activity that can be used as part of a biology lesson on cells. NOTE: Site includes ads.
This activity is part of a unit on community. In it students can work together as a team to accomplish a goal, and then graph their results. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
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.
Students can work together in teams to solve a murder mystery in this science lesson. Students can learn about the investigative process and collaboration at the same time. NOTE: 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.
This is an article for teachers about avoiding and resolving conflict in group art projects.
Read articles that define and explain how to use cooperative learning strategies in the classroom. Includes cooperative learning lesson plans for a variety of subjects and grade levels.

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