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This activity has several purposes:

-1) to provide an opportunity to model cooperative learning

2) to practice such social skills as cooperative problem-solving, encouraging, giving directions without dominating, explaining, having everyone participate

3) to practice roles

4) to use all materials to create a unique object


1) leader : keeps group on task, makes sure everyone participates

2) coach : praises others in the group and gives them support

3) materials handler : collects the materials from the rear table and handles them. **This is the only person in the group who can touch the materials.

4) checker : makes sure everyone in the group agrees with procedures before they are carried out


Using the materials in the plastic baggie -- and only those materials, the group must create a Thingmajig. All group members are expected to generate ideas and to

offer suggestions and give directions to the materials handler. Only the materials handler may use the materials to build/create the Thingamajig; the rest of the group

participates orally. The group has to decide on the creation of the Thingamajig and to provide a rationale for their choice to the rest of the class.


:The group whose Thingamajig is judged best by a team of judges will be awarded 3 extra credit points. Each member of the group

will receive 3 points. The group receiving second place will receive 2 points for each individual member. Other groups will receive 1 point per group member for

participation and cooperation.

**at any time