Smart Start Teamwork Edition: Tangrams


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Start your school year with a Smart Start activity. This activity builds teamwork while helping your students learn about team roles. Some prep is needed for this series, however step by step directions are included.

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Smart Start Teamwork Edition: Tangrams

  1. 1. Smart School Start 2014 Academic Mini-Mixers Teamwork Edition II: Tangrams Estimated time: 20 minutes each by Marlena Hebern
  2. 2. Academic Goals Culture Goals Get to know how kids work together Start teaching cooperation and teamwork Light introduction to classroom procedures Students meet other students Students learn to communicate and solve problems Students have fun
  3. 3. In self contained classes: Do this as a school wide activity In departmentalized classes: Do this for each period
  4. 4. Fast feedback! Have kids reflect on the process of solving the problem…. What worked, what didn’t? OR Use for them to do short, open ended answers with iPads, phones or in a lab!
  5. 5. Tangram ! ! ! ! Goal: Students will work cooperatively in groups of 4 to complete tangram puzzles. ! Students may only touch or handle the item listed in their job chart. ! Number or color code the tangram puzzle pieces prior to passing out to students. !
  6. 6. Tangram ! ! ! Materials per group: 1 pair of scissors 1 sheet: White Tangram Printable 1 sheet: Tangram Puzzles Markers, crayons, or pencil to color code or number the tangrams pieces
  7. 7. Printable Puzzles: Tangram ! White Tangram Printable:
  8. 8. Tangram! ! ! ! Step One: The designated team member cuts out the tangram pieces and numbers or color codes them. ! 7 pieces: 2 per student, and 1 student gets 1 !
  9. 9. Tangram Job Matrix: Team Member 1 Team Member 2 Team Member 3 Team Member 4 Job: 1 Red shape Job: 2 Blue shapes Job: 2 Green shapes Job: 2 Yellow shapes Director Scissors Color codes tangram pieces Gets supplies form teacher Note: Post this chart so students know what they are doing.
  10. 10. Tangram ! ! ! Step Two: Students create each puzzle while only handling their designated pieces. !
  11. 11. Tangram ! ! ! Step Three: The student with one piece is the director ! Rotate pieces after each puzzle !
  12. 12. ! Students now have an idea of team roles! ! Can you extend this concept into your daily routine? ! Who gets supplies, or passes out materials? DAILYROUTINE
  13. 13. 1 student asks the teacher questions 1 student keeps every one on task 1 student networks with other groups 1 student takes care of supplies ! How could you use team roles in your class? GROUPWORK What if….?