Active Learning: Thinking Interdependently
Students will learn to work as a team as they create their own soccer ball with this activity from Habits of Mind Animations.
- Soccer ball pieces
- Crayons or colored pencils
- Small staplers
- Make copies of the soccer ball template page (4 pages per one ball).
- Gather the needed materials in an appropriate area.
Steps to Success:
- Put students in groups of 5 or 6.
- Give each group 4 soccer ball template pages.
- Have them help each other cut out each soccer ball piece. There should be 12 black pentagons and 20 white hexagons.
- Then, have each student write their name on a white hexagon piece. On all leftover white pieces, have the students write words or phrases about thinking interdependently (e.g., “teamwork,” “work together,” “friendship,” etc.).
- Guide groups into folding all the tabs up on each piece so that the words and colors are in the middle between the tabs.
- Next, instruct each group to staple a white hexagon on all sides of a black pentagon, and then staple the touching tabs on the white pieces together as well.
- Circulate and assist as needed.
- Have students repeat this process until the ball is complete.
- Discuss what strategies they used to work together, to share, and to think interdependently.