Teamwork Skills

Grade Level: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
A resource guide for activities and games meant to build community, trust, and communication.

These activities and games educate, equip, and empower students to build community, trust, and open communication in the classroom, as well as in the greater community. 


  • This Activity Teaches Problem Solving as a Group. Human Knot - Goals: to work together, see the big picture, and think about the connection between individuals in the group as students participate in the activity. In 30-45 minutes, students will work together to progress from a “tangled mess” to an untangled circle. 


  • This Activity Teaches Dependence on the Group. Turnstile - Goals: to accomplish a task together through the use of teamwork skills, problem solving, risk taking, and perseverance. Turnstile is a problem solving activity that gets many students out of their comfort zone. Although it looks like a simple jump rope activity at first, students quickly learn that they need to rely on one another’s strengths and skills to make it through. It is very rare for a group to easily breeze through the three rounds. The group must practice perseverance and teamwork in order to succeed.


  • This Activity Teaches Trust and Teamwork. Yurt Circle - Goals: to recognize everyone is part of the big picture and the skills needed to take care of a small community of individuals are similar to those needed to care for a larger community. This activity can be done at different times throughout the year, each time adding more people to the circle.