Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students explore the benefits and challenges of teamwork. They begin by completing an activity both individually and collaboratively, and reflect on their experiences. They then explore how the Global Problems Solvers team is made up of people with different skills and qualities, and they reflect on how or why these differences might be a positive or might present challenges. Students then work collaboratively to reflect on some of the challenges that are common to teamwork and develop a set of teamwork guidelines for overcoming these challenges that can be used throughout the rest of this unit for any group activities.

These lessons have been developed in partnership with Cisco. Cisco believes that our future will be defined by global problem solvers – global citizens ready to thrive in a connected and digital future by thinking like entrepreneurs, innovating like technologists, and acting as agents of social change.

Learning intentions: Students understand… 

  • … the benefits and challenges associated with working in teams
  • … some of the ways these challenges can be overcome.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCritical ThinkingSocial SkillsTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 3 HASS:

  • Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI059)
  • Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI061)

Year 4 HASS: 

  • Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI080)
  • Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI082)

Syllabus outcomes: GE2-4.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Year 3 HASS achievement standards: Students communicate their ideas, findings and conclusions in oral, visual and written forms using simple discipline-specific terms.

Relevant parts of Year 4 HASS achievement standards: Students present ideas, findings and conclusions using discipline-specific terms in a range of communication forms.

Topic: Enterprise Learning. 

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Cisco Global Problem Solvers – HASS – Years 3 & 4

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in guided discussion, assist students in creating teamwork guidelines.

Resources required:

  • Device capable of presenting a website to the class
  • Group Roles factsheet
  • Paper and pens/pencils
  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student.

Keywords: Cisco, Global Problem Solvers, teamwork, guidelines.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … understand the benefits and challenges associated with working in teams
  • … recognise some of the ways these challenges can be overcome.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … work individually and collaboratively
  • … generate and communicate solutions
  • … think critically about working collaboratively.

Teacher content information: The Global Problem Solvers are a team of teenage superheroes taking on our world's toughest problems. Developed by Cisco, this animated series supports your students through the steps of becoming problem solving superheroes. The series uses real world problems to support students in identifying and solving problems, in thinking about how technology can be used to solve seemingly intractable problems, and in recognising opportunities for positive social change. In addition, each member of the Global Problem Solvers team exemplifies an attribute conducive to creating innovative solutions t

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together" – African Proverb

Activating Prior Knowledge

You will begin by working independently to complete the following tasks.

Task 1 - You have two and a half minutes to complete this task. You should use the first 30 seconds to think about it, and then you should use the remaining two minutes to do it.

Instructions: Take a blank piece of paper. On this piece of paper you need to draw, colour in and label a drawing of a place you regularly visit in your neighbourhood, such as a park, pool or shopping centre.

Task 2 - Break into groups of four or five. Working in groups this time, you need to complete a similar task to the one before in the same timeframe. This time you should use the first 30 seconds to discuss how you will complete the task and what each person will do to contribute. You can then use the remaining two minutes to work collaboratively to complete the task.

Each group needs one blank pi

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