Working in Groups
One person can do a lot, like build a shed. Two people can do much more, like build a house. Many people can do amazing things, like build the Great Pyramid or the Eiffel Tower! Wonders happen when people work together.
Whether you work with one person, a small group, your whole class, or your whole school—you need to work together. Everyone needs to share ideas, agree on a plan, divide up tasks, and cooperate to get the job done!
Working in Pairs
Your teacher says, “Find a partner,” so you choose the person in the next desk. What now? Follow these tips.
Tips for Partners
- Start strong. Be friendly. Smile. Say you’re happy to work with the person. Encourage your partner.
- Agree on a goal. What are you supposed to do? Write a poem? Put on a play? Focus on the same goal.
- Assign tasks. Write what needs to be done. Decide who will do what.
- Make a schedule. How much time do you have? When must you be finished?
- Cooperate. Follow your plan, and help each other along the way. Discuss. Adjust. Encourage. Be a good partner so that you both can succeed!
Working in Small Groups
Working in a small group requires careful cooperation.
Tips for Group Work
- Connect with others. Group members should greet each other, smile, share names, and get focused.
- Discuss the project. Group members need to agree on what they need to do and discuss how to do it.
- Take turns. One person should speak and the rest listen. Then someone else can speak. Give everyone a chance to share ideas. Be honest, but be polite, too:
- Write down ideas. One group member should take notes. This way you’ll have a list of everyone’s ideas.
- Plan your work. Discuss what needs to be done. List tasks, and tell who will do what. (See page 309.)
- Work your plan. Group members should follow their plan as they work toward their goal.
I like your idea of Cinderella, but I think it would be cool to do Jack and the Beanstalk.
Jack and the Beanstalk Play
1. Dave = Jack
2. Arzella = Jack’s mother
3. Kristy = giant . . .
1. Write script: Dave and Kristy.
2. Get costumes: Arzella and Dan
3. Rehearse: Everybody
Making a Plan
To plan a group project, ask these questions:
1. What is the project?
2. When is the project due?
3. What must we do to complete the project?
4. What jobs will each group member do?
Create a plan by writing down answers to these questions. Discuss the plan to make sure everyone agrees.