This lesson will allow students to practice teamwork and trust building, as well as working on directionality for younger students.
Grade Level: 3 - 8th
Length of Time: 20 - 30 Minutes
Objectives & Outcomes
The learners will work on building trust while working together to complete a simple obstacle course.
- Mats (for safety)
- Simple obstacles that can easily be completed, blindfolded
- Cones, mats, jump rope, board (something to step over)
- * Have enough stuff to set up 2 or 3 obstacles if possible
Opening to Lesson
- Begin by explaining to students that trust is a two way street.
- You need to trust your partner in this obstacle course, because they are going to help complete the obstacle course.
- Have students choose a partner or assign pairs.
Body of Lesson
- Have students walk the obstacle course without blindfolds first and demonstrate how to complete each obstacle. (Around cones, step over a jump rope, walk on a straight line made of tape, etc).
- Now have students work in pairs to complete the obstacle. Once one partner has completed the course, have the partners switch places.
- Example Partner 1 (blindfolded)
- Partner 2: Take one giant step forward and step over the jump rope.
- Partner 1: does as asked.
- Partner 2: Walk forward slowly, now go to the right around the first cone and stop
- Partner 1: does as asked
- Partner 2: Continues through obstacles
- Have partners switch places after complete
- Have students discuss whether it was harder to give directions or follow and why.
Assessment & Evaluation
Students will work together in pairs, one being blindfolded at a time, to complete an obstacle course. Pairs will take turns giving the partner directions to complete the simple obstacles. Evaluation will be based on giving and following proper directions.
Modification & Differentiation
Make obstacles accessible by all students.
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