Elementary Resources for Cooperation

Below is a sampling of the resource materials that may be used to identify and evaluate the use of the life principle.

It is suggested that evidence of this life principle or the lack of it may be found in many writings, films, videos, etc. It is recommended for learners to be engaged in a continuous search for life principle connections as part of the critical thinking process. 
 
 Tool for Evaluating Components of Types of Media:

SONGS:

Elementary:

Pre K - 1

Literature:

All Grade Levels:

Pre K - 2 

Elementary:

PreK - 2:

 

  • Childrens book: End-School-Year Show by Ofra Peled Teach your kids about planning, cooperation, and friendship when children work together to put on a play Grades 1-4
  • An Operation of Cooperation by James McDonald An Operation of Cooperation is an excellent classroom resource that shows the benefit of getting along with others, working as a team, and how helping each other makes the world a better place for everyone.

Videos:

Activities:

  • Teamwork Consult - A cooperative structure for doing worksheets as a team
  • Balloon Frantics - A team activity for building cooperation
  • Members of the Body Balloon Activity - A team activity for building cooperation
  • Cooperative Learning Strategies: A printable resource containing a variety of cooperative learning strategies
    Cooperative learning is a successful teaching strategy in which small teams, each with students of different levels of ability, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject. Each member of a team is responsible not only for learning what is taught but also for helping teammates learn, thus creating an atmosphere of achievement. Students work through the assignment until all group members successfully understand and complete it. 
  • Elements of Cooperative Learning - Lists the characteristics of cooperative learning

Website Resources:

K-1: 

K-5:

All Levels:

  • Cooperation Lesson Material - Integrated lesson materials for all curriculum areas, short stories, suggested reading lists, writing prompts, quotes, bulletin board ideas, parent outreach ideas, and involving people in the community
  • Let's Cooperate - Resource that shares a definition, what cooperation looks like, criteria of a cooperative person, cooperation within a family and at school, and how to spread the idea of cooperation
  • Let's Cooperate! Teachers Share Tips for Cooperative Learning! 
    Article:
    Cooperation starts at the top! Teachers who use cooperative learning in their classrooms have developed techniques that make the most of this method-- and they share them. From forming groups to using rubrics, these ideas will make any lesson of a cooperative nature a little more fun! Included: Teacher tips, a rubric for grading students' cooperative efforts, and additional online resources!
  • Cooperative Learning: Seventeen Pros and Seventeen Cons plus Ten Tips for Success - article by Dr. Spencer Kagan, Kagan Online Magazine
  • Tips For Creating A Desire To Learn SmartBrief, Nov. 28, 2016
    Through the clever use of analogies, the author guides educators through simple changes that can make dynamic changes in the classroom environment.

General Resources:

Parent Resources:

  • 5 Tips for Teaching Cooperation - Parents and teachers can help their children develop the skills needed for a lifetime of friendships and positive social connections by teaching and encouraging cooperation skills early. Includes some tips for growing cooperativeness in young children.