Upper Elementary students were assigned to teams where they had to work on different challenges that build on each other and focus on team building. The hula hut building activity has many components. It was primarily a team-building activity meant to guide the children who have been working on cooperation and communication since the beginning of the year. This activity helps promote body awareness and control (how fast/slow can you crawl through hoop, how much slower do you have to go when blindfolded- relying on listening skills as friends cue you through the hoop). It also has a variety of math components including problem solving (size of the hoops matter to stability of hut), which size should be the base/top? Each level/challenge gets more difficult and requires more thought into how to complete the level. At the end of every challenge the following group must restart/rebuild. They were given 6 hoops and had to use all hoops with the following variations of goals:
- build one hut
- build one hut that two people can crawl through (if your hut breaks, you must restart and rebuild).
- build one hut and send two people through blindfolded guided only by verbal cues from teammates.
- repeat and send 1-2 team members through on their backs
- double decker build
- double decker build where each team member must go through on both their belly and repeat on back
All the different challenges require teamwork, trust, and strategy. The triple decker build happened at the very end of one class. Teams combined their resources as they tried to build the triple decker structure and keep it standing as they lined up.
A successful triple decker Hula Hut built by 211
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