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COOPERATION

Community Meeting

Catching Good Friends

Greeting Objective

The learners will cooperatively listen to the greeter’s voice to identify the greeter and catch him/her as a good friend.

Directions

  • Students are sitting in a circle with closed eyes.
  • Teacher walks around the circle and taps a student on the shoulder.
  • The student that was tapped greets the entire class.
  • The class guesses who the tapped student is by greeting them back.
  • If they guess correctly, the tapped student sits in the circle, and still participates.

Use the following format:

Ms. Jones taps Jared on the shoulder.
Jared: “Good morning all my friends!”
Class: “Good morning, Michael!”
Ms. Jones: “Good try class. Try again friends!”
Class: “Good morning, Jared!”
Jared: “You caught me, my good friends!” (Jared sits in the middle of the circle.)

  • Repeat this greeting as long as time allows.

Mousetrap

Engagement Objective

The learners will use cooperation and teamwork to participate in the “Mouse- trap” activity.

Directions

  • Have 5–7 students create a “mousetrap” by forming a hand-holding circle.
  • Select another student who acts as the cat. This student will stand a short distance away from the circle with his/her back to the
           circle.
  • The rest of the students are the mice, and they stand in a circle AROUND the trap.
  • The students forming the mousetrap hold their joined hands up in the air.
  • The mice walk back and forth, in and out of the circle, continuously.
  • Suddenly, the cat turns around and shouts, “Snap!” signifying the trap snapping shut.
  • The students who ARE THE TRAP quickly lower their arms, trapping some of the mice in the center of the circle.
  • The trapped mice join hands with the trap circle, enlarging the circle.
  • The game continues until all but one mouse has been caught.
  • Conclude by discussing how cooperation was used throughout the activity.
  • What would have happened if we all did “our own things” and not worked together?
  • How can our class “cooperate” to have a successful year?

Inform

End your community meeting by informing your students about the schedule of the day.

ASCA: Grade K, PS:A1.9 Demonstrate cooperative behavior in groups.

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