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Team Building Activities for High School Students

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Team building in high school can be a great way to help students feel more comfortable working together. These activities can help bring some team building into your classroom.

Team Building in High School

High School is an important time in preparing students for real-world skills. Among these skills are collaboration and communication within a group setting. Group activities in high school can help students feel more comfortable in their classroom, work together as peers, and understand the dynamics of group projects. The following activities can help facilitate some cooperative team building in your classroom. These activities can be easily modified for the needs and grade of your specific students.

Team Building Activities for High School

Make a Pizza

For this activity, every student is going to represent one ingredient in a pizza. Tape that ingredient to the student's back without letting them see what it is. Students must then work with their classmates to assemble all the ingredients to make an entire pizza. A full pizza contains the dough, sauce, cheese, and two different toppings (pepperoni, sausage, olive, anchovies, etc.), so a full group would have five people that each have a different ingredient on their back. The catch is that students must assemble themselves silently, without being allowed to talk. When a group thinks they have a full set of ingredients, they will come to you to check.

  • Materials: Pieces of paper with different ingredients, tape

Construction Project

Divide the class into small groups. Give each group a different set of materials. For example, one group could have construction paper while another has paper towel rolls, and another has wooden blocks. Ask each group to use their objects to build something (you could make this a tower, a bridge, a pyramid, or anything else depending on how challenging you want it to be). Each group will attempt to construct their structure using their materials. When the time has elapsed, talk about the challenges each group faced. Then, rearrange the class so that everybody is in a new group, with people and materials that weren't in their group last time. Ask them to create the structure once again, this time bringing in their knowledge and experiences from the previous attempt. You can repeat this many times, rearranging the groups every time.

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