Team-building tasks for secondary

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22nd November 2019
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Activities, games and challenges to help you foster team spirit and encourage collaboration among your secondary classes

Whether at school or in the working world, knowing how to cooperate with others is crucial to success. So, with Christmas on the horizon, what better time is there to get students practising exactly that? We've gathered together some of our favourite resources, including hands-on challenges, thought-provoking riddles and team building games, to ensure that teamwork really does make the dream work in your classroom.

Team-building activities, games and worksheets for secondary students

Team Building Games

A pack of team-building games split into communication, problem-solving and physical challenge games - a bit like the Crystal Maze! You can print off the main slides and laminate them for pupils to follow. The notes pages give a guide as to how all the challenges can be led.

By guzzel

Team work

Team work, starter activities around working together, fun activities can be used as separate starters. PLTs
By janeh271

Spaghetti Challenge: STEM activity

In this race against the clock students work as a team to build the highest tower possible out of dried spaghetti and marshmallows.

The objective of this lesson is to explore structures and investigate what methods of building can make the tallest and strongest structure. By testing their prototype buildings, students will also have the opportunity to rebuild and alter their designs to improve them, giving an insight into the real-life processes of testing, redevelopment and prototyping that engineers and scientists use.

By Science Museum Learning

Ice breaker - desert island plane crash debate

Students have to select 10 hypothetical people to survive a plane crash on a desert island. Promotes groupwork, discussion, interaction and debate.
By MissLMLovatt


Visual adaptation of this famous problem with solution included and print out (be careful to cut off the solution) for those who need it. Great fun and scope for adaptation to a myriad of situations, e.g lockers, classrooms etc. Feedback please :)



use these games to get the groups working together
By magicmagic

Team Building Exercise

Groups work together to discuss items that would be most appropriate to a given situation. Students can then explain why and what was chosen.
By sb5edu

Lego Design Challenge

A fun activity to do at the start or end of the class. Also can work as an icebreaker or team building activity. Also works well with adults!

By missedutton1

Team Building 2 Escape Room - Any Content - Teamwork Challenge

Team Building 2 Escape Room:
The Team Building 2 Escape Room will take students on a “Speedway” around the classroom! This Team Building 2 Escape Room has students decode fun puzzles using teamwork and critical thinking while trying to beat the clock. This is the perfect resource for back to school activities, team building, end of year, ice breakers or any time! This team activity can be used in any subject and multiple grade levels! The Team Building 2 Escape Room has students walking around the classroom solving puzzles. Students come up with a team name (directions included) and embark on a journey to win the Daytona 500!

The puzzles include:
Puzzle 1: Cryptogram of Popular Children’s Song
Puzzle 2: Word Maze about Teamwork
Puzzle 3: Visual Puzzle
Puzzle 4: Name that Emoji Movie!
Puzzle 5: Lock Math Problem (basic math)
Puzzle 6: Logic Puzzle

Also included are team building teacher prompts to start a conversation about their teamwork.
Students fill in their answers on the “speedway” to win the race before time runs out. Not all teams will make it to the end. Do your students have what it takes to solve the puzzles in time?

Each puzzle is different and requires logic, reason and critical thinking. There are six puzzles for each team to decode. You choose what works best for you. You could do groups of up to six. Some puzzles are easier than others. The use of codes and puzzles will keep your students engaged while competing to beat the clock. Students will report the final speedway of answers to you. No props needed!! This is a NO PREP, PRINT & GO Activity! Team grouping cards are included for easy team assignments. You can use the “Group Cards” to group students as they walk in the door. For example each student that receives a flag card will be in a group. The students that receive the car cards will be in a group and so on.

The best age range for this resource is 8+. Please look at the preview to determine if this resource works for your age group. Younger students may need some help with some of the more difficult puzzles. It’s OK if they don’t escape! The whole goal is teamwork!
As a “timed” challenge, students will be engaged from beginning to end.

New Feature: This escape room now includes 12 fun, colorful signs to take class pictures with at the end of the mission. Signs include “Puzzle Master”, “She did all the work”, “Genius”, “We did it”, “I Escaped” and more! Hang the pictures in your room, send them in a parent newsletter or share them on social media 
An answer key and easy to follow teacher directions are provided.
Time needed: 30-60 minutes

*Disclaimer: There is no final 4 digit code in this activity. If you have purchased some of my other escape rooms, this one is unique and different!

By Think Tank

Interactive Scoreboard - Quiz / Q&A / Group & Team Work

I’ve put together an ‘interactive’ scoreboard for use in class with team/group work. There are 6 teams, and a maximum of 10 points per team. I may use this to give out merits for numbers of questions answered etc. (i.e. one team wins overall and they get a merit or two each).

It’s a fairly straightforward trigger animation PowerPoint – in slideshow mode if you click on the box it fills in, i.e. they’ve been awarded a point. If you click again the point disappears, perhaps when they get a question wrong. You need to click the exact point you’re awarding/removing as otherwise it might affect other boxes.

Hope it’s useful!
By Stuart Bridge

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