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NAME OF ACTIVITY: knots
GRADE LEVEL: grades
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: none
or small ropes or belts
teamwork, cooperation, thinking ahead and problem solving
Divide the class into teams of six or seven.
To begin the game, have groups form a circle.
Students are then instructed to hold the hands of two different
players. Players cannot hold
both hands of the same player, nor can they hold the hand of a player next
to them. When the teams are
ready the signal is given for them to begin unraveling their knot.
Players are not allowed to let go of each otherís hand until the
game is finished. When the
knots are unraveled students should be in a circle with their hands
joined. Occasionally, two
intertwined circles may be formed.
Encourage students to help one another.
The Younger classes have a tendency to start moving and pulling
with no plan in mind. Stress that solving this problem takes
thinking, planning and teamwork.
Variation - One variation
that I use is called western knots. Personally, I give each student
a flag belt (bandanas, hankies etc would work as well) to hold in one
hand. Instead of holding onto another players hand, they will hold
onto the free end of another players belt. The belt will be more
forgiving when it comes to awkward knots, and also allows a little more
space to move. As teams become better, I will join them with other
groups to make a very large knot. When you do this, you almost need