& 4th Grade
of teams and groups
Blackboard Blues” story (enough copies for class)
“More to think about” questions, cut into strips
(enough for groups of 5)
Students will be able to identify what cooperation and teamwork are and
means to each of them
2. Students will work together on a problem-solving task
3. Students will practice
class the pictures of teams and groups. Have students to identify what all of
these pictures have in common. Ask if anyone has ever been a part of a group
or team. Are there any other times they have been asked to work together (at
home or at school)? Can someone define cooperation? Does cooperating make things easier or more difficult? Why
should we cooperate?
short story “The Blackboard Blues”. Tell students to just to listen
to the story and think about what they would do if this problem happened to them.
students count off so they are in groups of five. Give each group a copy of the
story and a thought question strip. Tell the students to take 10-15 minutes to
discuss their thoughts on the question they have been given and to the question at the end of the story. Remind students that there is no right answer for their question and that everyone should have a chance
to speak in the group.
the class. Have a representative from each group read their question aloud and
then tell the rest of the class what their group came up with in response to that question.
Allow students to explore each others’ questions and answers, if appropriate.
Discuss how it felt to work in a group and cooperate. If time allows,
take a few responses to the question in the story, “If you were Mark, and you had to choose, what would you do? Why?”
students that cooperation isn't always easy and sometimes we have to work at being good at cooperating. Challenge
students to be good cooperators. Thank students for being so cooperative in class today.