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.
Smart School Start
Teamwork Edition II: Tangrams
Estimated time: 20 minutes each
by Marlena Hebern
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
In self contained classes:
Do this as a school wide activity
In departmentalized classes:
Do this for each period
Have kids reflect on the process of
solving the problem….
What worked, what didn’t?
Use Socrative.com for them to do
short, open ended answers with iPads,
phones or in a lab!
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.
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
White Tangram Printable:
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
Team Member 1 Team Member 2 Team Member 3 Team Member 4
Job: 1 Red shape
Job: 2 Blue
Job: 2 Green
Job: 2 Yellow
Note: Post this chart so students
know what they are doing.
Step Two: Students create each puzzle
while only handling their designated pieces.
Step Three: The student with one piece
is the director
Rotate pieces after each puzzle
Students now have an idea of team roles!
Can you extend this concept
into your daily routine?
Who gets supplies, or passes out materials?
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….?