Trying to come up with a fun activity (that has meaning) for the last 50 minutes of the year can be extremely challenging. Some people put a movie on, some people just chat, but I think the end of the year should have a purpose and be full of meaningful activities.
As orientation week for VCAL came to an end, I wanted to make sure I had an activity that would be
2. Meaningful and
3. Something we could reflect on
I was searching for Team Building Activities on the ‘net and I came across ‘The Arctic Explorer‘ (unfortunately I didn’t bookmark the website I got it from and can’t find it anymore) and thought it might be a good one for my students.
The basic premise is this –
- Students are put in groups of 3-4
- They elect a leader
- The narrative of the story is that they are exploring the Arctic Circle and they are stuck in a massive snowstorm
- Their leader has frostbite of their hands
- The group members have snow blindness
- They must build an emergency shelter using the materials provided.
- The leader CAN NOT use their hands
- The group members MUST be blindfolded
The materials I gave to each group were (See photos)
- 4 Paddle Pop Sticks
- 6 Match sticks
- 6 Rubber bands
- 2 Pipe Cleaners
- Brown paper bag
I then put these in an envelope and asked the students not to open the envelope until I told them.
Here is the link to the powerpoint slide I used to introduce the story and the reflection questions that I used at the end. With the reflection, I asked the students to complete individually, and then discuss as a group at the the end of the lesson.
Here’s a quick video of the students in action.
21st Century Skills: Leadership, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Teamwork