Cooperation - 3

Continued Growth

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Definition: Working together for a common cause

Discussion Points

  • In what situations is cooperation important?
  • What makes demonstrating cooperation difficult?
  • When is it easy to demonstrate cooperation?
  • What life skills does someone need to possess to cooperate with others?

Discuss with students what active listening is and why it is important. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

Think. Pair. Share:

    The teacher will pose questions related to the discussion points. Explain the purpose of the activity is to think about the question and activate prior knowledge. The teacher will model the activity to facilitate student understanding.

  • T (Think): Teacher begins by asking students what can cause a disagreement between two people.
  • P (Pair): Each student should be paired with another student, small group or work with teacher. Pairs write brief answers on sticky notes or slips of paper.
  • S (Share): Students share their thinking with their partner. Teacher then leads whole-group conversation using students’ answers.

60 Second Paper:

  • Share Discussion Points with students.
  • Give the students 60 seconds to write down any thoughts, ideas, experiences or questions they may have regarding the topic.
  • Have students share what they have written, or collect the papers and discuss content anonymously.

Activity 1: Situations

Allow students to work with a partner or in small groups to complete student activity sheet A. Discuss when finished.

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

Activity 2: Scenarios

Allow students to work with a partner or in small groups to complete Student Activity Sheet B. Discuss when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 Per Group
  • Pencil for each group

Activity 3: Personal Opinions

Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet C. Ask for volunteers to share.

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

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Appropriate as well as inappropriate demonstration of cooperation
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts using the prompts above.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct students to take turns being character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • A pencil for each student


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Answer the question below.

    Think about situations when cooperating is important. List them below.

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: How could cooperation be shown in these situations?

    Scenario 1: Silas and Chris are collaborating on a school project. The assignment requires the students to choose three different sources of written materials to gather information to complete the project. Silas has chess club after school and doesn’t have time until the evening to search for material.

    Scenario 2: Chris and Officer Dave each have building supplies in the back of their trucks. The materials need to be moved into the garage.

    Scenario 3: Tori and PJ are learning how to play a new card game.

    Student Activity Sheet C

    Directions: Write about a situation when cooperation was difficult for you and the other person/people involved?

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Answer the question below.

    What life skills do you need to demonstrate cooperation?