Building: A Cooperative Activity
In this activity students will work in small groups to create
a group machine.
Introduce Machine Building
1. Ask the group to brainstorm types of machines that are
used in daily life. Write the names of the machines on chart paper
or the chalkboard.
2. Explain to the class that they are going to work in small
groups to create models of actual machines, using their bodies.
They can do a machine from the list on the board or any other machine
they can think of. They'll have to decide what machine they'll create
and how they act it out. When they perform their machine, the other
students will try to guess what machine it is.
3. Ask for a few volunteers to work with you to demonstrate
how to make a human machine. You might demonstrate a washing machine
by having two people holding hands with outstretched arms and a
third person inside moving like the agitator blade. Then ask the
class to guess the machine you are demonstrating.
4. Divide the class into groups of 4-6 people. Give them
5-10 minutes to decide on and create a machine.
5. Each group then performs their machine and the class guesses
what machine they represent.
did you find this activity?
did your group decide which machine to create and who should play
are some ways a machine can be similar to any group and to this
you run into any problems? Explain.
part of a machine breaks down, what happens?
are some of the factors that may cause the breakdown in humans
working together? What can we do about it?
Ask the class, What is something you learned from today's lesson?
students work in groups to demonstrate a scene, activity, place,
or anything else creative.
one large imaginative machine where each person plays a moving
part and makes a distinct sound.