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Running Out Loud

Thomas Martin

Description

Throughout this outdoor activity, students will work together to practice communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity. The student's ability to focus will determine the student's success.

Objectives

The student knows various ways to communicate care, consideration, and acceptance of self and others (eg., by cooperating).

The student knows various ways individuals and groups can work together.

Materials

-Small, soft balls (The students will be throwing these objects.)
-A large area for the students to roam
-Blindfolds
-A large net (similar to a soccer goal)
--Assessment Sheet- (one per student; see Associated File)

Preparations

1. Have the area pre-designated prior to the students arriving.
2. Ensure there are enough blindfolds.
3. Ensure there are enough soft balls for each team.
4. Review and copy -Assessment Sheet- (one per student - see Associated File).

Procedures

*** In this activity, students will be assessed on their ability to work together to practice communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity. The objective for this activity is to have groups of up to 50 students. Having an even number of students is important because you will need to pair the group into partners or let the group chose their partners. Communication is the key to success in this activity.

1. Provide yourself with a large area such as, a football field or even a soccer field or an area of that size. Have enough blindfolds available for each team. Designate a starting point and where the net or goal will be located.

2. Before beginning this activity, review some safety procedures with the students such as: do not run, put your arms out in front of you while walking, be courteous of the of the other students participating and no horseplay. Also discuss the importance of communication, teamwork, and consideration in this activity. Disuss various ways to show respect, trust, kindness, and consideration.

3. Once you have gone over the few safety tips with the group and discussed communication and teamwork, begin the activity. Inform the group that one team member will remain at the starting point while the other member will attempt to listen for his own partner to guide him to the designated area and throw the object through or in the designated area.

4. Ask for four volunteers from your group to be boundary guards, three will be responsible in helping keep the blindfolded participants within the area designated for the activity as well as keeping an eye out for possible collisions. The other boundary guard will be sent to the net/goal to let the participant know if he/she was successful or if they missed the goal.

5. Have the remainder of the group line up on the starting line. Hand out one blindfold per two-person team.

6. Have one of the team members place the blindfold on his/her own partner.

7. Go through the line to ensure that the blindfolds are on and secured.

8. Send out the boundary guards to the outer boundary that has been designated for the activity.

9. Once everyone is in place, remind the students to put their arms up and begin.

10. Once a few people begin to finish and accomplish the goal, let the group that is instructing the blindfolded partners continue to remain vocal to leave the challenge in place until everyone is done.

11. Swap out the boundary guards as well as the teams so that those that were blindfolded are now the ones giving the directions.

12. Be as creative as the group will allow. For younger groups, adult boundary guards may be needed and the area may need to be much smaller. (Even though you need a large area for this activity, do not make the area so large that the participants are yelling their loudest to communicate to their partners.) Thirty yards square is approximately the area required for age groups 10+.

13. Once the activity is complete, ask the group questions like: -Can anyone give an example of communication?- -Did the group show any teamwork and if so, give an example.- -How did trust play a part in this activity?-

14. Observe the group throughout the discussion and provide formative feedback as needed.

Assessments

Observe to see if the students are able to use different methods of communication such as: saying words like -green- for going straight or -red- for stopping, or any words that the two members have decided that they will use to determine their commands from the rest of the group members.
Observe to see how each student works within the group.
Listen to the students discuss the activity to see if there is much thought put into the discussion at the end of the activity.

Use the -Assessment Sheet- located in the Associated File to record findings.

The group as well as the individual students should be assessed.

Extensions

The instructor can be as creative. Use different scenarios such as strategic or even real-world accomplishments.

Attached Files

Support Material     File Extension: pdf

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