This is the second week first grade practiced working together in gym class. A simplified version of Kieve’s team building game called “Don’t Break the Ice” helped us strategize, use calm and controlled movements, and share.

Here is how we played:

  1. Together we made a rope circle into a “lava pond” on the floor.
  2. I placed 20 lizards in the pond. Their goal was to stand on the lizards without touching any lava in the pond. Everybody had to be in the pond on a lizard. Three touches into the lava from the group meant we all had to start over.
  3. Every time we succeeded, two lizards were taken away. Our goal was to stand on the fewest number of lizards possible.

This class got down to standing on only 7 lizards!