Team Building Activities for Middle School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

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

Team building activities help students learn how to work together toward the achievement of a common goal. This asset contains team building activities for middle school students.

Team Building

Students learn how to effectively communicate with each other as they engage in cooperative team building activities. By engaging in the following activities, middle school students will advance their group's ability to work cohesively while thinking critically and creatively.

Create a Mural

Students will create a cohesive piece of art that represents their team.


  • butcher paper
  • paint/paintbrushes


  • Show students pictures of murals and discuss their themes.
  • Divide students into teams.
  • Tell students that they will be working together to create a mural that represents their team. Students may use a combination of quotes, illustrations, and inspirational words to create their mural.
  • Have students plan the elements of their mural and how these elements will work together to create a cohesive message.
  • Have students divide the work to best leverage specialized skills.
  • Have students create the mural and display.
  • Follow up with a discussion about communication, goal setting, and cooperation.

Getting to Know You Game

Students will learn about one another as they play a game.


  • Place chairs in a circle so that there is one less chair than there are students. The extra student will stand in the center of the circle.
  • The student in the center will make a statement about themselves, such as 'Math is my favorite subject' or 'I have a little brother.'
  • Any student to whom this applies must leave their seat and find another chair. The student in the center will take a seat. The last student standing will be the student in the center for the next round.
  • At the end of play, have each student name 3 things they learned about their classmates by playing this game.

Shared Storytelling

Each student will contribute to the development of a creative story.

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