Students participate in activities to learn about the members of their team and how to work together in order to be successful.
BEFORE YOU GO
- Call ahead to ask about age, height or fitness requirements, as well as necessary or recommended equipment.
- Download a map and list of activities from the website. Check if the website offers printable lessons or worksheets.
- Discuss with students the importance of teambuilding and game playing.
WHAT TO WONDER
Ask: How do these games and activities function? How does the laser “tag” the player, why is the bowling lane so slick?
Observe how your teammates react and interact. Remember to stay positive – everyone is different and brings a unique advantage to the team. Also, how is the venue designed and laid out? What games and features (batting cages, arcade games, redemption games) go where, and why? Have students take a look around at how many people are there enjoying themselves; what is the maximum number of occupants, and why? How does the management go about heating and cooling the venue at different times of the year? Speak to the staff about these questions; learn the "why" behind how things are arranged, and consider the role of safety.
Describe how each team member contributes to the activity. Describe the rules and procedures of the games.
Opinion: What type of player are you – competitive, all about fun, spirit of the team? What do think about cheating during sports or games?
Compare several activities you completed today. Which were hardest and why? Which were most fun? Which required the most teamwork?
Challenge students to predict scores or game outcomes, to improve their skills by using basic math or physics concepts.
Discuss the importance of teamwork or “playing the game.” In what other situations might you need these skills? Is it important to play by the rules? Why or why not?
Research the history of the sport or game of your choice. Research tips on how to play and improve. Find videos or photos of the activities.
Project: Design and play a mini version of the sport or game at your school, and challenge students to use basic math or physics to help.