Team-building activities have the potential to benefit students in many ways, especially in terms of communication skills and increasing their trust within the community. Many teachers find success in playing games such as, “All My Friends”. In this particular game, students will stand in a circle and list an interest of theirs. If someone else also likes that interest, then they will switch places. This can really bring a sense of unity between students once they find a common ground.
- You can use auction paddles that give students the chance to say, “Me too!” when someone lists an interest of theirs.
- Someone is listed as a “finder”, and they are directed towards classroom objects by three to five other students by following claps that increase in volume.
- “All My Friends” is a spin-off of musical chairs and gives students a chance to find common grounds by listing what their friends like.
“Divide students into groups of equal numbers. Pass out an equal number of marshmallows and wooden toothpicks to each group. Challenge the groups to create the tallest, largest, or most creative structure in a set amount of time, each member taking turns doing the actual building.”