Stages of Group Development Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the stages of group development. Students will watch a video and answer questions. Then, they will discuss their experiences in a group setting.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Reflect on the stages of group development.
  • Correctly identify and explain the stages of group dynamics.

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

Vocabulary

  • adjourning
  • forming
  • norming
  • performing
  • storming
  • Tuckman, Bruce

Materials

  • Copies of the quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pens

Video & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary words.
  • Pass out copies of the transcript.
  • Watch Stages of Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing & Adjourning as a class, having students take notes on their transcript. Then discuss:
    • What are Tuckman's five stages of group development?
    • Why is it important for managers to understand the stages?
    • Who is Bruce Tuckman?
    • What types of groups go through the stages of development?
    • What happens in the first stage of development?
    • Why is the second phase called 'storming'?
    • What is accomplished during the storming phase?
    • During the norming stage of development, how do group members interact?
    • Which of the stages is marked by the group's peak performance?
    • What is the final stage?
  • Pass out the printable worksheet. Have students complete the questions independently, then check the answers together.

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