The first page of each lesson contains an outline of information for the facilitator. This page includes lesson objectives, links to Character Education, the activity challenge and setup procedures.
An Activity Plan box on this page includes information regarding group size and time requirements. Mental and physical intensities are rated on a scale of 1 to 3 (with 1 being the least intense and 3 being the most intense). Also, space requirements can be clarified as follows:
This section contains specific safety reminders for each activity. Please be sure to read the “Safety” section in the beginning of this guide, and always follow general safety precautions for each activity.
This section provides the facilitator with suggestions that will help to guide the participants. Also, tips are offered to avoid some possible obstacles during the activity.
This section provides step-by-step instructions for the facilitator to follow.
This section provides variations of easier or more challenging versions of the activity for the group’s use.
Space is provided for the facilitator’s notes on the activity.
Debriefing questions are provided for the facilitator to guide discussions following the activity. The facilitator may use as many of the suggested questions he or she feels is appropriate for the group, and it is not required that all the questions be used. A master list of debriefing questions is available in Appendix D.
This section reminds the facilitator to end the activity by reviewing all the learning experiences of the group during the activity. The facilitator should always end by summarizing the positive teamwork experiences learned by the group.
These cards (located in Appendix C of the Activity Guide) provide fun and meaningful ways to bring quick teambuilding experiences back to your everyday work with children, teens or adults. They are great sharing starters for getting a group to share their ideas, feelings, or thoughts about a particular experience or about the day in general.