Making up a cooperative story
Level: Elementary school
Students ages 8 and 9
November and December or January and February
Area of learning:
- Citizenship and community life
- Become familiar with cooperative values
- Appreciate literary works
- Work cooperatively in a team of 4 with defined roles
- Write a story about cooperation using the narrative structure
- Lead a cooperative game and explain the rules to the participants
Students learn to recognize cooperative values in a story.
Task 1: Reading a book about cooperative values
Task 1 objectives
At the end of this task, the student will be able to recognize the advantages of cooperation through reading A Good Team, by Anastasia.
- Time required
One 30-minute period
- Teaching material
Purchase copies of the book A Good Team
- Guide students in their reading.
- For example, hide the book's title and ask students about the cover illustration.
- Examine the front and back covers, as well as the first 2 pages of the book and ask students questions.
- Read the book with the students, draw attention to the cooperative aspects of the story and the illustrations, and then ask students questions.
- Read until the end and ask questions.
Use this story or any other that highlights cooperative values. Be sure to obtain several copies of the book.
Examples of questions to ask in instruction 2:
- What do you see on the cover?
- What do you think about the children's faces?
- What are they waiting for?
- What would you say about the place illustrated on the title page?
Examples of questions to ask in instruction 3:
What additional information does the title, A Good Team: A Cooperation Story, give you?
- What do you think A Good Team means? What makes a team good?
- Have you heard of the author and illustrator?
- With the information you have now, what assumption can you make about the story?
Examples of questions to ask in instruction 4:
- What do you understand from this story?
- What values do the children experience in class?
- How did they encourage cooperation in class? Was it beneficial?
- Can you think of any parallels between this story and things happening at school or at home?