Teamwork: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

In this lesson, you will learn what teamwork is. We'll discuss how working and getting along with others is used during teamwork and look at some activities to practice building teamwork skills.

What is Teamwork?

Have you ever played on a team before, such as in baseball or cheerleading? On these teams, it's important that you work together and get along with other players or members. This is called teamwork. Teamwork involves working together with other people to get to an end goal.

If you've ever seen the television show PAW Patrol, then you've seen teamwork in action. A 10-year-old boy named Ryder has a group of puppies - Rubble, Sky, Chase, Zuma, Rocky, and Marshall - who use teamwork to help the people of their community, Adventure Bay. These pups share, cooperate (which means to work together), trust one another, and follow Ryder's directions as a team. These characters are using teamwork!

Superheros use teamwork all the time, too. In Avengers, heroes like Thor and Ironman work together to save the world from supervillains. Sometimes it's hard, but they learn to cooperate with each other and bring their talents together to reach a goal.

Teamwork Activities

Let's have some fun and engage in some activities that can help you learn to work as part of a team.

Partner Drawing

You'll need a pad of paper and a pencil for this activity. You and your partner stand with your backs against each other. One person gives directions on what to draw, while the other person draws according to the directions. For example, one partner may describe two short vertical lines and two long horizontal lines, all connected by four corners. Can you guess what shape is being describe? A rectangle!

Keep taking turns, one person drawing and one person describing the shapes, and see how many shapes your partner and you can get right. This is a great way to start to understand how your partner thinks.

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