This includes descriptions of various bonding activities that can be done throughout the summer. Feel free to add any games that your class loves!
Winds are BlowingEdit
Find an outdoor space (or large indoor space if it is raining). Should you be in a space that you are comfortable taking off your shoes, have all participants take off their shoes. Otherwise, have students bring their bags/backpacks. Place all the shoes/backpacks in a circle and have students stand behind their pair of shoes. Remove one pair of shoes from the circle, and have that student stand in the middle of the circle. She must state a fact about herself in the following way: “The winds are blowing for anyone who was born in January”. All students, including the student in the center, for whom that is true must leave their shoes and run to another available pair that is non-adjacent. The student remaining standing is the next person to state a fact.
Remember Who You Are and What You RepresentEdit
Take some time to show the above slides to students. They outline our past students and what they have been able to achieve and how they have capitalized on the relationships they have built at GWC. Once the slides are done, go around the room and have our students practice introducing themselves. Make sure they give a firm handshake, make eye contact, smile, etc. From this point forward, all students are required to introduce themselves to guests in the classroom by their full names, and shake the guests hand.
Instant Best FriendsEdit
Indicate that part of building a trusting environment is opening yourself up to trust others.
Explain the activity (3 minutes about yourself, telling everything that your very best friend knows about you, the other person only listens and does not interrupt)
Do a mini version, 1-2 minutes, of your own for the entire class in the style you hope to foster in your classroom.
My Life in a ShoeboxEdit
Have students construct a box out of cardboard. They should use magazine clippings and other decorative items to decorate both the inside and outside of the box. The outside of the box, should be representative of the parts of their life (personality, interests, passions, etc.) that people know of. In other words, what does the participant look like from the outside. The inside of the box is representative of the things that they keep closer to themselves (i.e. hidden passions, personality flaws/strengths they do not talk about, etc.). Once the activity is over, the group will go in a circle sharing their boxes.
Good Thoughts WebEdit
Everyone from the class circles up tightly, including the instructor. The instructor starts by holding the yarn and choosing one person and remarking on something they like about their character. The teacher then will hold onto the strand of the yarn and pass the ball to that student. That student will repeat the process and hand it off to the next person. Repeat until everyone has been chosen once. If string is not available, feel free to just toss an object around instead, but keep track of who has been chosen. If you fear that one student won’t be chosen, ensure that person gets picked by picking her yourself or asking a TA to.
Students are tasked with getting all 20 of them on the crates at the same time, and the crates must remain touching in some capacity at all times. Should students start arguing or certain students take over the conversation, feel free to use restrictions (i.e. Sally cannot talk for the remainder of the exercise). Feel free to do this exercise multiple times until success is reached. Should it be reached too quickly, have them try it on only one crate. Sometimes a crate is not available (we don’t have 38 crates): use a human knot or other favorite bonding game as an alternative.
Draw the Awesome Sally Robo-Girl on the whiteboard. Her name is Awesome Sally and she is the ultimate Girls Who Code student. Have students list characteristics that would apply to Awesome Sally and write them as they speak. Once this is done have students think and discuss people in their life that fit this mold. End the activity by asking the girls to think upon the phrase what would Sally do, and try to emulate such behavior. Would she delete all her code and start over if she found a bug or would she try and solve it? Would she talk about someone behind their back? Etc.
Have students count to 40 in random order with eyes closed. Students should focus on active listening skills, deep focus, group mind. If multiple students say a number simultaneously, you start over. On a nice day, this can be done in an outdoor space, like a park.
Warm and FuzziesEdit
Have students write their names at the top of a piece of paper and then pass it to the left. Have students each take 30 seconds to a minute to write nice things about that person on the paper before passing it again to the left. When you get your own paper back the activity is over.