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Team Building Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Are you looking for a way to improve group performance in your courses? This lesson plan uses strategic activities along with team-building exercises provided by a video lesson to improve group performance.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'cohesion' in relation to groups
  • outline the importance of team-building activities in group performance
  • practice personality-based, activity-based, and skills-based team-building activities

Length

1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.9

Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

Materials

  • Several decks of cards
  • A challenging word problem or mind-puzzler
  • The quiz associated with this lesson

Key Vocabulary

  • Cohesion
  • Personality-based team building
  • Activity-based team building
  • Skills-based team building

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