Cooperation - 1

Basic

Lesson Plan

Goal: In a given social scenario, the student will demonstrate appropriate cooperative learning skills in 8 out of 10 observable opportunities, as measured by a teacher assessment tool.

Objectives:
1. Identify how cooperation helps us to work successfully with others.
2. Be an Equal Participant in Play, Activity or Conversation.
3. State 2 ways that cooperative people behave toward each other.

Definition of Key Terms: Cooperation is working together for a common cause.

Discussion Points:

  • We use cooperation when we are playing a game involving others.
  • We use cooperation when we are part of a team.
  • We use cooperation when we are working with others to complete a class project.

Discuss the meaning of cooperation with students. Review the discussion points with the students. The teacher may want to share their own examples of when he/she used cooperation.


    Possible activities to review the discussion point:

  • Turn and Talk - students pair up and discuss specific examples of when they were cooperative. The pair will record their responses on chart paper.
  • Write Around - Students are placed in groups with 3-4 students and the teacher gives each group a topic or idea. Students take turns writing their response to the question or idea on a piece of paper, shared by the group. After a certain amount of time, the teacher tells the students to pass the paper to the next group member, who then takes the time to read over what the other group member wrote and add to it until all group members have contributed.

Directions for In-Person or Virtual Learning: You have three options for students to complete this lesson.

  • Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
  • Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
  • Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.

Activity 1: Three-Legged Race

Pair students up and tie teammate’s legs together. Allow groups to race or complete an obstacle course in a designated time frame. After each group has had a turn, discuss how cooperation was needed to finish.

Materials Needed:
  • Cloth to tie legs

Activity 2: Birthday Line Up

The objective is to have students line up in order of their birthdays—January 1st through December 31st. To do this, they will need to know the order in which the months fall as well as their own birthday. They will also need to talk with one another in order to figure out who goes in front of whom.

Materials Needed:
  • None

Ask students to line up according to when their birthday occurs. Designate a specific time in which they need to complete the lineup.

To make it super challenging, tell them they must do it without speaking at all, only using hand signals.

When finished, discuss with the students how they used cooperation or not to finish the request. Ask students if they could have used any cooperation skills to make the line up easier or quicker.

Activity 3: Personal Experience

Review the key points from Activities 1 and 2 with the students. Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet A. Seek volunteers to share their work when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Draw a picture of a time you had to use cooperation.

I used cooperation when

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of writing; a dialogue between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example script below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B and share.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating cooperation appropriately:
Mr. B: Donny will you help me clean up the art supplies.
Donny: Sure, I would love to help you.
Mr. B: Thank you so much. You were such a help.
Donny: No problem, any time.

After students have finished, allow those that want to share their comic do so or role play one of the example scripts.

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • Anything Is Possible, Belloni, Giulia
  • Bat’s Big Game, MacDonald, Margaret
  • Dog vs. Cat, Gall, Chris
  • Duck in the Truck, Alborough, Jez
  • Going Places, Reynolds, Paul A.
  • Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, Funk, Josh
  • My Friend Rabbit, Rohmann, Eric
  • Red and Yellow’s Noisy Night , Selig, Josh
  • Stone Soup, Muth, Jon J.
  • Swimmy, Lionni, Leo
  • The Day the Crayons Quit, Daywalt, Drew
  • The Juice Box Bully, Sornson, Bob
  • The Junkyard Wonders, Polacco,Patricia
  • The Little Red Fort, Maier, Brenda
  • The Seven Chinese Brothers, Mahy,Margaret
  • The Tale of Pip and Squeak, Duke, Kate
  • The Whispering Town, Elvgren,Jennifer
  • Up the Creek, Oldland, Nicholas

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Application Activity

Review the key points from all previous activities.

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating how to use cooperation appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to assist the groups in creating scripts.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remind students to name and save their recordings. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Ideas for modifying this activity based on your students’ needs:

  • create a script as a class
  • pair or group students so that skill levels are varied and assign each a role or task that uses their skill
  • create the script by recording the dialog with a phone or other recording device.

Example script demonstrating cooperation appropriately:
Mr. B: Donny will you help me clean up the art supplies.
Donny: Sure, I would love to help you.
Mr. B: Thank you so much. You were such a help.
Donny: No problem, any time.

Example script demonstrating cooperation appropriately:
Mr. B: Donny will you help me clean up the art supplies.
Donny: No! Why would I ever help you?
Mr. B: Donny it’s important to use cooperation and help others.
Donny: I don’t like cooperating. Do it yourself.

Topic Checkout

Review the key points from all previous activities.Allow students to complete the Student Topic Checkout. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Topic Checkout - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Student Topic Checkout

Directions: Check or circle the best answer to show if each situation demonstrates cooperation.

1. Tori and Anya work together to complete a class project.

2. PJ hogs the ball and doesn’t let anyone else on his team have a chance to play.

3. Silas trips and falls in the hallway. He drops all his books. Donny rushes over and quickly helps him pick them up.

4. Dr. Sally asks for the class to help her in picking up the papers she dropped. Everyone runs out to recess instead.

5. Mr. B. and Officer Dave plant flowers in the local park.

6. Chris must pick up all his legos before going outside to play. Donny rushes outside and doesn’t wait for Chris.