This activity teaches the students about importance of
motivation when reaching a goal.
You will need building blocks or any other stackable objects
that are not interlocking.(Any mixture of sizes will work).You will also need masking tape.
the students up into groups and spread the groups out in the classroom.
each group a set of 10 to 20 stackable objects.
the students to build something with their objects.It must be free-standing.They cannot use anything to hold the
each group has completed a structure, go around and place a piece of
masking tape a few feet in front of each structure.
the students that their goal is to move the structure across the line of
tape, but only one person can be touching it at a time. When the structure
is moved across the line, it should look the same as when the students
group that finishes the fastest will get a prize.
•After the students have completed the exercise, have a
class discussion about the following:
try moving the whole structure at once? If so, what happened?
The students are most likely to say that the
structure fell over or they weren’t able to move it with just one person
holding on to it.
you succeed in moving your structure?
The students are supposed to have figured
out that they could move the structure by breaking it into smaller pieces and
then rebuilding the structure on the other side of the line.
•Begin to discuss motivation with the students. Have them
define motivation in their own words.
Motivation is how interested and
excited you are about reaching your goal.It is also a driving force that encourages you to continue working on a
goal. Explain that sometimes it is hard to stay motivated when trying to reach
your goals. To stay motivated, it can sometimes help to set rewards for
yourself at each step that you complete. When you have completed a step and you
are able to move on to the next step, you can reward yourself with a new book,
a CD, a new shirt, etc. This may help to keep you motivated to reach your goal.
•Break down the following goals as an example:
fruits and vegetables a day.
fruit with breakfast every day.
a fruit or vegetable as a snack every day after school.
a salad or side vegetables with dinner.
fruits and veggies in your lunch bag.
•Do 50 push-ups a day
10 push-ups every morning for a week.
to increase the number of push-ups by 5 per week.
10 push-ups after school every day for a week.
to increase the number of push-ups you do by five a week until you have reached