In Grade 4, we started off the first week of school with a group building activity. The goal was to work together to build the tallest structure they could with only marshmallows and spaghetti. The students really enjoyed the building, but they also learned about how making group decisions, accepting responsibilities and jobs, and talking together to work out problems can help make a better product and be more successful in the end.
Another activity we did was creating our essential classroom agreements. We started off with each student thinking of their top 3 agreements to have a positive classroom environment. Then they got in pairs and combined their ideas to make 3 ideas even better. Then the pairs got into 4's and combined their ideas together, and finally as a whole class combined ideas together to make our final 3 essential agreements!
1. Focus on doing your best work
2. Be honest
3. Respect other people and the school