Leadership, Sportsmanship, and Teamwork Teacher Resources
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In this social studies worksheet, students read about the history of the Olympic games. Students read the Olympic creed and the Olympic oath. Students answer 5 questions. Note: This was written for the 2002 Winter Olympics but is general enough to be used in any Olympic year.
Students discuss how working with others can help them accomplish a goal. In groups, they participate in a paperclip gum challenge. They are given a set amount of time to make the longest object possible without talking at all. They discuss what was easy and hard about this project.
Students increase their knowledge base of the maple syrup process and increase their skills of organization, technology, research, teamwork-cooperation, and oral presentation. Students use a team approach to choose a topic pertaining to maple sugar time. Students then evaluate and review materials, brainstorm topics and state outcomes of project.
Students work together in groups to complete an astronomy project. In the classroom, they find real objects to represent various objects in the solar system. After going outside, they practice using a distance scale and use their objects to create a model of the solar system.
Learners examine the different members of food safety teams and their role in the food safety cycle. They study how these teams work together to keep our food safe.
Young scholars take the opportunity to discover how teamwork can be used for problem solving and critical thinking skills. They use a duplicated picture of The Colossal Head which is cut into puzzle pieces and reassemble.
Teamwork and collaboration are such important skills to foster in young children. The goal of this lesson is for teams to create a collaborative project while learning how to work as a unit. In small groups, the class creates snowmen for the bulletin board. Group members then take turns describing how each individual helped finish the creation. The lesson finishes with a writing assignment; each child composes a three-sentence story about what their snowman does at night.
There is no "I" in team! Help your young learners understand the importance of knowing what each teammate's individual responsibilities are when performing in a group, and how each member's role contributes to the greater whole of the team. This is a great way to begin a discussion on what it takes to demonstrate proper sportsmanship and achieve great teamwork!
After reading about the history and recycling of paper, creative crafters collaborate to think of a new process for making recycled paper. A complete teacher's guide and student worksheets are included. There is no written procedure for the learners in making the paper; it is an exercise in design and critical thinking. You will, however, need to instruct learners on how to use mesh wire and wooden blocks for drying recycled papers.
Ahoy, matey! Here is an engineering expedition that mini mariners are sure to be swept away by! After reading a brief description and history of periscopes, they work in crews to construct one. Use this activity to enhance a instructional activity on mirrors and reflection, as an enrichment when studying ocean navigation, or simply as intended: an engineering project.
Have your physical scientists try some engineering origami by examining how the folding of materials can have practical and beneficial applications. Teams use their convoluted cortexes to collaborate on constructing a solar panel that is 30 x 90 cm in size, but that will fit into a standard foil dispensing box. Student handout pages include background reading information, a place to design their panels, and reflection questions. Consider having real examples of foldable items avaiable for your instructional activity, such as an umbrella in its cover, a collapsible cup or telescope, or a hand fan.
In an effort to practice engineering design, STEM classes break out into teams and endeavor to make a working ink pen. To prepare, they read about writing implements through history, patents, and viscosity of liquids. Armed with this information, they make their plans. A worksheet with seven reflection questions is provided for processing. This would be a fun challenge for junior high engineers.
In collaborative groups, emerging engineers or environmental scientists plan and construct a water wheel or watermill that rotates for a total of three minutes. Everything you need to carry out this lesson is included: objectives, background information (both historical and scientific), and more! This, and other lessons by the same publisher are ideal for bringing STEM activities into your classroom.
Nano-nano! Nanotechnology can seem like it's from another planet! After learning about this tiny technology, collaborative groups experiment with how smaller particles affect chemical reactions. They do this by immersing a whole and a crushed antacid tablet into equal amounts of water. Nanotechnology is a fascinating topic for your STEM curriculum.
This lesson will make an impact, especially on scientist-athletes who may have an interest in waterproof clothing! Acting as materials engineers, they work collaboratively on waterproofing pieces of cotton fabric. This challenge is preceded by reading about nanotechnology and the hydrophobic effect. Expect an enduring effect on emerging engineers!
Blow your learners' minds with a sweet lesson plan on nanotechnology that uses sugar to demonstrate the difference nanoscale surface area makes in dissolving and crystal formation. Plenty of supportive background information is read to introduce the concepts, and then two activities are carried out. Since the sugar crystals take about a week to form, you will need to set aside a later class period in order to wrap this lesson plan up. Though the publisher mentions many grade levels, this would be the best fit for middle schoolers.
Fascinating reading about nanotechnology, nanoscale properties, and liquid crystals precedes a fun activity for young engineers. They measure their hands in nanometers, research, and then investigate how heat effects a sheet containing liquid crystals. These sheets are similar to the material in mood rings, so consider having a few on hand to demonstrate!
To prepare for the activity, STEM classes read about nanotechnology and the amazing properties of graphene. They collect a graphene sample from pencils, and then connect them into simple circuits to determine whether it makes a better conductor or insulator. Note that although Next Generation standards are listed for primary grades, this activity is best suited for upper-elementary science classes.
The children's book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann is a great story for teaching young learners about teamwork and the importance of following rules. In a detailed, read-aloud lesson, children learn to use both the words and illustrations to draw inferences and understand the problems and solutions presented in a book. A graphic organizer and reading comprehension worksheet provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their comprehension of the story. To extend the lesson, a non-fiction reading passage about service dogs is also included, allowing for the class to make connections between the fictional story and the real world. A great lesson for developing reading comprehension skills in young readers.
After reading about how engineering has made adaptive devices possible for people with disabilities, pupils work in groups to discuss different devices to determine whether or not they are adaptive. They also disassemble a pair of eyeglasses in order to analyze the materials and design. This is a hands-on critical-thinking activity that you can use in a STEM or engineering unit.