NAME OF ACTIVITY:
GRADE LEVEL: 3rd and Up
EQUIPMENT: as many swim noodles as
possible per group (at least 8). 1 roll of masking tape per group.
HIGHLIGHTS: Cooperation, teamwork,
strategy and very basic physics/science
INSTRUCTIONS: Divide your class into small
groups. Personally, I find that 4-5 per group works well, but you
can have larger or smaller groups.
Give each groups a large number of swim
noodles. The more the better, but I am going to suggest at least
8. However, a variety of sizes will add to the creativity of this
game as well. Give each group 1 roll of masking tape.
The object of the game is to build the largest,
free standing skyscraper, using the materials provided. Following
are the rules:
1. The object must be free standing with no
support from anything other than tape and the noodles.
2. The object must stand freely, for a
minimum of 15 seconds.
Once the players are grouped, I do not offer help or suggestions on
anything other than the rules. I like to sit back and watch the
communication and creativity take over.
The tape seems to stick to the older noodles and may cause the foam to
tear when taking them apart.
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