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.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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.


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.


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).


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


  • 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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