K, 1, 2

The purpose of this lesson is to encourage students to understand that being in a group requires working together, getting along, resolving conflicts, and having fun together.

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PrintThirty minutes

The learner will:

  • exhibit the skills necessary for working and playing in a group.
  • describe and demonstrate behaviors that are necessary for people to work together in a group.
  • give examples of cooperation.
  • Construction paper
  • Markers, crayons, pencils
  • Journals


  1. Anticipatory Set: Ask students how many of them like to draw.

  2. Arrange class into small groups.

  3. Give children a sheet of construction paper andtell them to put their name on the top.

  4. Explain that they will have time to make a picture of anything they want with their crayons and markers, but when the bell rings they will pass their paper to their right (demonstrate).

  5. After about thirty seconds, ring the bell and have students pass their papers.

  6. Tell the students to add to the picture now in front of them.

  7. Ring the bell at one-minute intervals.

  8. Stop when each child has their original drawing.

  9. Discuss the activity. Talk about how they all worked together to create the pictures. Use and define the following words:

    • group
    • cooperation
    • contribution
  10. If children seem eager, repeat the activity, but this time define what they will draw (examples: animals, houses, space aliens). Ask students for suggestions as to what they will draw.


Teacher observation. Teacher will note whether children were able to cooperate and create the group pictures.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark E.3 Describe a benefit of group cooperation.
    2. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark E.8 Describe classroom behaviors that help the students learn.