Lesson Plan

Team Work and Planning

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Welcome to the Great Marshmallow Challenge. To conclude a unit study designed to help scholars develop teamwork and collaboration skills, groups are charged with developing a free-standing structure using only one marshmallow, 20 pieces of uncooked spaghetti, tape, and string. The team with the highest structure wins.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct the "Which Holds More?" activity first; debrief by focusing on the behaviors that were most productive, then launch the Great Marshmallow Challenge
Classroom Considerations
  • The last in a series of 10 lessons designed to help pupils develop collaboration skills
  • The packet provides a links to a detailed plan for the marshmallow challenge, a teamwork worksheet, and to other student reporting labs
  • The connection between the activity and skills needed by student reporting groups is never made clear