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Team-Building Games and Activities for the Classroom

Team-Building Games and Activities for the Classroom
Team-building games and activities are a great tool for helping students learn to work together, listen carefully, communicate clearly, and think creatively. They also give your students the chance to get to know each other, build trust as a community and, best of all, have some fun! Here are 33 team-building activities that will teach your students these skills and more. Watch the video below to see three of our favorite team-building games in action, then read on for more ideas. [embedyt] 1. This activity requires strong verbal communication and cooperation. 2. Tie a string between two stacks of chairs to create an “electric fence wire” that comes to about the average waist height on your students. 3. This game is a quick way to take note of your students’ interests. 4. This is a fun activity to get kids lined up. 5. This fun outdoor activity is double the fun of traditional tug of war. 6. You’ll need some running around space for this activity. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

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