Team Building Activities for Teens

Instructor: Julie Zundel

Julie has taught high school Zoology, Biology, Physical Science and Chem Tech. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Education.

Team building and class building activities make the classroom environment fun and safe. Students who enjoy coming to class and who feel safe are more apt to succeed. This set of team building actives can be done throughout the school year to keep students connected to, and invested in the class.

Benefits of Team Building

Team building and class building exercises create an environment where students feel safe and enjoy coming to class. By completing periodic team and class building actives, the teacher will have more time to teach academics and less time dealing with personality conflicts. Activities that make the classroom fun also make students who skip school or are continually tardy more apt to show up and participate. Each activity should be modeled to show positive interaction and negativity should not be tolerated.

Building a Tower

This activity requires 2-4 students to work as a team to build a structure. The team who has the tallest structure wins. Students are given two materials (newspaper and tape) and must complete their structure within a certain time frame (approximately 5 minutes).


  • 10 pages out of a newspaper (per group)
  • 1 meter long piece of tape (per group)

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