Kindergarten Teamwork

Saturday, 29 September 2018


kindergarten teamwork

Teamwork was this week's Positivity Project character strength.  Here are some of the ways we explored working together.

Table Teams

We recently established "table teams" and this gave us an opportunity to talk about how we were  already showing teamwork within our classroom.  Here's how they work!

The children are divided into 3 table teams and are encouraged to use table manners and good work habits while working at these tables.  

kindergarten teamwork

kindergarten work habits

Each table has a team name (sun, moon, Earth) and table manner sticks (craft sticks) are awarded to positively reinforce these behaviors. 

kindergarten teamwork

At the end of the week, we count the sticks and the team with the most becomes the VIP table for the following week.  They get to keep a "trophy" (balloon weight) on their table and are always called first to line up. 

kindergarten teamwork

Since there are times when one or two members of the team are not showing good table manners/work habits, it was important for us to talk about about what they could do to help everyone be their best (i.e. remind them, help them, etc.)

Book Talks

Teamwork is a common theme in many children's books including those categorized as "pulling stories."  The children love these outrageous books that show characters working toward a common goal.  They are also great for retelling and illustrating a plus one pattern in math.


kindergarten teamwork

kindergarten teamwork

kindergarten teamwork

kindergarten teamwork


Another favorite is Pumpkin Soup, which opens a door to talking about what happens when working together isn't going so well. 

kindergarten teamwork

Animal Teamwork

Some of the best examples of teamwork show up in nature! This video, showing animal teamwork, was a big hit with my kiddos! (note: you might want to skip the dancing girl at the beginning when showing this!)

   

This led to a little research into how bees/wasps show teamwork to build their hive and make wax and honey.



kindergarten teamwork

Ants are also a great choice for exploring animal teamwork!

Team Challenges

Finally, we tried a few challenges that helped children realize it wasn't always easy to work as a team.  Through these experiences, I was able to point out that while the goal was important, the people were more important! #otherpeoplematter

kindergarten teamwork

Here the children were challenged to untie the human knot they had created.  You can find instructions in this video:

 

At morning meeting, we used a spider web greeting to show that teamwork requires everyone do their part.

kindergarten teamwork

Finally, I challenged the table teams to work together to do a puzzle, build a bridge, and assemble a red picture.

kindergarten teamwork

kindergarten teamwork

kindergarten teamwork

They were told that if problems came up, they would have to try to work them out themselves rather than asking for my help.

One of the teams did an amazing job working together.  The other two had some difficulty, mostly due to some children "taking over" and not including everyone in the work.

While this week definitely gave us a chance to grow our thinking around teamwork, there is definitely more work to be done! We will continue to build upon this as it comes up naturally throughout the year.

How do you build teamwork in your classroom?

Thanks for stopping by!

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