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Algebra Match

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Why do this problem?

This team-building task is designed to develop learners' team-working skills. If you wish to learn more about these skills and find other team-builder tasks look at this article.
This task depends upon members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding. It requires learners to:
  • respond to the needs of others
  • consider the needs of the whole group
  • help others to do things for themselves.

Possible approach

Share the purposes of the activity and the rules with the group.
Ask team leaders to hand the 16 cards out randomly- four cards to each group member.
If you have more than four people in a group then use an observer to ensure the team obeys the rules and notes when there is evidence of members of the team responding to the needs of others.
  • Here are the rule cards.
As teams finish, ask them to discuss the key things they have learnt about working together. Use observers to feed into the discussions. Then spend some time discussing observations you have made, or teams have made, as a whole class activity, talking about how they might work more effectively next time.

Key questions

As this task is designed to be carried out in silence, the use of key questions is inappropriate during the task, but can inform discussion of team behaviours when the task is complete.
  • Can you give any good examples of when someone noticed what you needed and tried to help?

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