Making up a cooperative story

  • Level: Elementary school
    Age group:
    Students ages 8 and 9
  • When:
    November and December or January and February

Area of learning:

  • Citizenship and community life

Main objectives

  • 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


You consolidate acquired or developed skills through organized activities that teach cooperation.

Task 1 objectives

At the end of this task, the student will be able to apply the values of cooperative play.

  • Time required
    Two 30-minute periods


  1. Have students that are 8–9 years old engage in a cooperative playground activity with younger children, 6–7 years old, to initiate the younger ones into cooperation.
  2. The older children are divided into teams. Each team must:
    • find a cooperative game
    • be prepared to explain the game to the younger children
    • share its idea of the game with another team and be understood
    • play the cooperative game among themselves to be prepared to lead the activity

Teacher's notes

Help students by suggesting ideas for cooperative games. Parents may also contribute. It is always advantageous to have parents or grand-parents participate if they wish. Students get a great deal of satisfaction from telling their families about their new discoveries afterward.

Task 2 objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to share and promote cooperative values by leading cooperative games.


  1. Have the older students present the story written in task 1 to the children aged 6–7, emphasizing cooperative values.
  2. Ask the older students to apply these values in the context of a cooperative game and to explain to the younger children, in their own words, how the game works.
  3. Ask students aged 8–9 to ensure that the younger children know cooperative values and respect the rules of the game.
  4. Ensure that the older children respect cooperative values when playing and help the younger children as needed.

Teacher's notes – both groups

  • Supervise and support the students in each task to be carried out.
  • Pair the younger children with the older children.