The Quiet Game
As a middle school teacher I used this game at the beginning of the school year to help introduce the cooperation that I expected from each group member. If needed I would use the same game from time to time to reinforce the idea as we re-configured groups.Materials:
Completed puzzles look like this:
To make the puzzle sets print 9 (or as many groups as you will have in your class) of each of the puzzles:
Cut out the puzzle pieces and put one set of 12 pieces (Puzzles 1, 2, 3, and 4) together. Use a paper clip or an envelope or a plastic baggie to organize the puzzle pieces.
Remember to have one set of 12 pieces ready for each group of 4 students.Instructions:
Organize the students into groups of 4. Random grouping can be done by collecting homework papers, sorting them into 9 (or 8 or 7) piles of 4 to create the number of groups of 4 required for the activity. Other techniques include handing out numbers at the door as the students enter or having students "count off."
Students should be sitting facing each other with nothing on their tables or desks. Emphasize the physical characteristics of a working group. Students face each other. When they work on a task together, they often lean toward each other. They look at each other as they talk together.
Before passing out the puzzle packets, communicate the following instructions of The Quiet Game:
As the groups work the teacher should circulate quietly observing. Reinforce the rules of the game if necessary.Evaluation:
After The Quiet Game is finished discuss the difference between:
OFFER and RECEIVE
If appropriate take the opportunity to reinforce any guidelines that you have in your classroom and/or have students help you establish those guidelines.
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