Age Group: PreK - 5th
Number of Students: 6 students or more; a large group may work better in teams
Duration: 10-15 minutes +
Students will challenge their perseverance skills as they have to guess their ‘secret action’ while only receiving applause as guidance
Age Group: 3rd-5th
Number of Students: 2 students or more (with a larger group, you may want to break into groups of no more than 6-8 students each)
Duration: 10-15 minutes (or longer if they are struggling)
Students will challenge their perseverance skills as they try to unscramble a sentence in groups.
The sentence: “No one of us is as smart as all of us,” cut into single words on pieces of paper. (If more than 1 group, will need to prepare and cut out the phrase for each group or pair.)
Gather students in an open space and have them form groups of no more than 6-8 students in a group. If it is a smaller group, see if they can all work together.
Hand out the cards with the words from the sentence above.
Explain the game. Instructor: “The challenge is to arrange the cards into a sentence that makes sense. The group should signal the instructor when they feel they have put the sentence together correctly.
Instead of groups: pair the students and blindfold one of the partners. Give the blindfolded student the cards. Once the students have the cards in their possession, they cannot talk. The challenge is to arrange the cards into a sentence that makes sense. The sighted partners will need to maneuver their blindfolded partners safely into the correct position in the sentence.
Time the groups to see who can complete the sentence faster.
How many different combinations of words did you find?
How did you feel when your group could not get the correct sentence?
Did you try any strategies to help complete the sentence?
Why is perseverance an important skill?
Age Group: PreK - 5th
Number of Students: 2 students + (Ideally an even number since students will be divided into teams.)
Duration: 20 minutes +
Students will challenge their perseverance skills by racing against the clock to turn their cups up or down.
20 solo cups per game (more cups needed for multiple simultaneous game play)
Place 20 or more cups in the middle of the room. Place half of them upside down and the other half the right way up.
Divide the group into 2 teams and give each team a name (ie ups or downs) - the 'up' team needs to turn as many cups up the right way as possible, and the 'down' team needs to flip them upside down.
Have one person from each team play at a time. Give them 60 seconds (or another chosen time given by the instructor) to flip all their cups according to their team’s goal (up or down.)
When the allocated time limit is over, count all the cups; whichever team has the most turned their way wins and gets 1 point.
This will continue until all team members from each team have gone.
Whichever team has the most points at the end of the game wins.
Variation: You can split the students into more teams and have multiple games going on at one time (will need more cups).
What challenges did you face? How did you adjust when trying again?
Which was more important? Speed or accuracy? Why?
Did you get faster and more accurate with more time? If so, why?