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Get Hungry for Cooperation

Shelia Ray


Students, through music, movement, and literature, are taught the meaning and value of cooperation.


The student works with one or more people toward a common goal.

The student recognizes the benefits that accompany cooperation and sharing.


-Gladone, Paul. [The Little Red Hen]. (1985) or any version of this story
-Word strip-Cooperation
-Instrumental music (CD or Tape)
-Checker board and checkers
-Bat and ball
-Heavy whipping cream
-Small plastic container
-Plastic knife
-Bread slices


1. Make word strip--Cooperation.
2. Mix 4 ounces of heavy whipping cream and dash of salt, put in a small plastic container and shake vigorously for 5-7 minutes.
3. Select an instrumental CD (should be soft and relaxing).
4. Practice several variations for body movement exercise


1. Begin lesson by holding up the word strip, cooperation, and asking the students what the word cooperation means. Ultimately explain that it means to work or play together to get something done.

2. Read the [Little Red Hen] aloud. Ask the students to listen for all the various ways the hen asked for cooperation in making her bread.

3. Discuss the folowing questions: How did the red hen ask for help? How did she feel when no one would help her? Have you ever ask someone to cooperate with you? What are some ways you can cooperate with others?

4. Explain that it often takes cooperation to play certain sports/games. Show the checker board game, football, ball and bat. Ask if it would be possible to play and enjoy these games without working together. Discuss other activities that require cooperation (soccer, bingo, tag, etc.)

5. Introduce and demonstrate the game of Friendship Mirror. Friendship mirror can't be played alone, one needs a partner. Ask students to pretend they are looking in a mirror. If they raise a hand, what does the person in the mirror do? Demonstrate by playing music and leading the class in movement exercises (they simply reflect your body movements). Pair the students, facing each other, and let them take turns mirroring each other's movements while the soft music is playing.

6. Tell the students that their cooperation will result in a graceful synchronized performance. As the teacher observes the students he/she can take this opportunity to introduce and explain synchronize.

7. Regroup the students in a circle and explain that by now, one can see that cooperation is needed to get something done. Explain that many people work together for a common cause. Examples include doctors and nurses working together to help someone get well; teachers, cafeteria staff, school nurse, and our principal all work together to ensure the student has a good and productive day at school; families work together also, etc.

8. Remind the students that story of the [Little Red Hen] shows that when we cooperate with we each other good things usually happen. Explain that today you have brought bread and this bread is very similar to the kind the little red hen made. The bread will taste good but it will taste even better when butter is spread on it. Ask the students if they would like to cooperate with each other and make butter.

9. Pass the container of cream and salt and ask each student to shake the container while the class chants, "Shake, shake, shake, butter we will make!"

10. Congratulate the students for using their hands for helping and working together to make the delicious butter. Spread the butter on the bread and enjoy.

11. Conclude the lesson by instructing the students to draw a picture of people cooperating in an activity.


Observe each pair of students in the synchronized movement exercise. Are they willing to cooperate with each? Each pair should demonstrate a 60 second synchronized performance.
Students draw a picture of a group cooperating in an activity. Talk to the individual student about the content of the picture. Student's pictures that adequately depict a group cooperating and working together toward a common goal will be displayed in the classroom. These students will become peer teachers to their classmates that need additional help in completing the picture drawing assignment. Explain that once again we are cooperating and working together so everyone will get the picture displayed in the classroom.


Lesson plan could be used to introduce the value of nutrition, exercise, and relaxation. Once the bread is made a discussion of nutrition could be possible, whereas, the benefit of exercise could be introduced after the synchronized movement routine, followed by a discussion of relaxation tecniques after the soft music plays.
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