Subject: Social Skills
1. Topic-
Team Work at Work in the Classroom
2. Content-
The content of this lesson is solely focused on team work in the classroom. Key vocabulary (Learner Profile): Effective Communication, Inquirers
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Students will be able to show comprehension of how teams can not function without effective communication and inquiry
2. Students will be able to effectively communicate to the staff the "Do's and Don'ts of Team Work
3. Students will effectively work together (as a team) to re-create an assembly line project in the classroom setting
4. Objectives-
1. Students will (in Q & A format with teacher) define in their own words what effective communication and inquiry are and how they connect with team work both in an out of the classroom
2. Students will model comprehension of the above objective while re-creating the assembly line project (building graham cracker cars)
3. Students will be assessed on the lesson with a re-cap worksheet that outlines team work and the importance of communication and inquiry with teamwork
5. Materials and Aids-
IPad, Graham Crackers, Frosting, Candies, Worksheet (assessment)
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Bring students to the sofa and review with them the key words: effective communication and inquiry. Use mobile white board to write down their answers.
2.Relate the above responses to our Team Work Do's and Don'ts chart (already created and hanging on the mobile white board with the students).
3. Introduce the concept of the Assembly Line - created by Henry Ford. Discuss the function/purpose of the assembly line and how effective communication, inquiry, and team work all play a role in the running of an assembly line. Show History Channel Clip Video about the assembly line WITHOUT SOUND and ask the students to tell what they are seeing in regards to how the people are working together as a team on the assembly line.

B. Development-

1.Have students wash their hands before asking them to come to the tables (set up in assembly line form)
2.Show students what the finished product of their graham cracker cars will look like and explain their role to play in the assembly line (each student will be assigned a number which represents a step in the process; they are to complete their step and move the car on to the next step). Ask for questions throughout this explanation and have Mr. T/Ms. Stacey on hand to further clarify
3.Have Mr. T, Ms. Stacey and Ms. Stilwell demonstrate/model expectations and then have the students begin. Adults will act as "assembly line supervisors" throughout this process.

C. Practice-

1.Students will get into their positions on the assembly line
2.Begin the assembly line activity and encourage positive reinforcement/feedback among the students and adults
3.Once enough cars have been made for all to enjoy one, the assembly line can "close" and the students will be given their assessment worksheet to fill out.

D. Independent Practice-

1.Assembly line cars
2. Teacher observation of student behavior throughout the lesson
3. Teacher observation of communication and inquiry throughout the lesson

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. All students in this classroom have IEP Goals related to their ability to handle their feelings in the social/emotional setting. There will be 3 adults on hand to assist the students with this project (and effectively model teamwork) in order to ensure the students are able to complete the assignment without succumbing to feelings of frustration and/or anxiety
2. Students who have difficulty with writing activities will have adult support to help them get through the written portion of the activity

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Group discussion throughout the lesson
2. Ability to complete the task of the assembly line
3. Written worksheet that discusses teamwork

G. Closure-

1. Ask students to reflect on their ability to complete this task without a team and go over how they feel this activity went
2. Allow students to eat their graham cracker cars while completing the assessment worksheet

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