February

February: Teamwork
To work together toward a common goal or purpose

In February, students will learn that teamwork often involves letting go of something you want for the good of the group. Students will practice sharing, taking turns, and compromising. As a community we will see ourselves as both problem solvers and team players, who exercise self-control and empathy, when working towards our common goals.



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Home-to-School Connection 
Practice teamwork at home with your child! Please choose from the following options or create your own.

Make time to talk, take time to listen...
Select as many questions as you would like to discuss. These questions are intended to serve as a starting point for you and your child to learn more about yourselves and each other. 

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What does the word teamwork mean to you?
How does your family work as a team?
What should teamwork look, sound, and feel like?
Can you think of any examples of teamwork in nature?
What partnerships, groups, teams and/or communities are you a part of?
What could be frustrating when working in groups?
When should you compromise?
How could you become better at teamwork?
How should you decide whether to do what’s best for you or follow a groups plan?
When is it okay to be uncooperative? Discuss peer pressure
If you could give someone advice on teamwork and why it’s important, what would you say?


           
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Activities

  • Volunteer - Volunteer with your family and/or friends. Check out the needs of your community and consider how much time you have available. You may volunteer weekly at one location or become involved in a short-term project.

  • Home task team - Create a home task team. Decide on age-appropriate tasks for all families members. If possible, give children a choice of which task to do, supporting them in developing cooperative behavior.

  • Quotes - Read and discuss any of the following quotes. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?

"Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds." Alexander Graham Bell 

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” - Michael Jordan

“Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable.” - Chris Bradford

“It's as simple as this. When people don't unload their opinions and feel like they've been listened to, they won't really get on board.” - Patrick Lencioni




Recommended ReadsPS41/Stars2Feb

Find a book that you think is most appropriate to read with your child, from some of our favorites... 

 PS41/FebGloria

Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Alligator Arrived with Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast (Crescent Dragon Wagon)
A New Coat for Anna (Harriet Ziefert)
Baseball Saved Us (Ken Mochizuki)
City Green (DyAnne Di Salvo- Ryan)
Cooperation (Lucia Raatma)
Fire Came to the Earth People: A Dahomean Folktale (Susan Roth)
Garden of Happiness (Erica Tamar)
I Can Cooperate (David Parker)
Join In and Play (Learning to Get Along) (Cheri J. Meiners)
Little Red Hen
My Apron (Eric Carle)
Officer Buckle and Gloria (Peggy Rathmann)
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (Karen Foxlee)
Pet Detective (Better Ren Wright)
Six Crows (Leo Lionni)
Stone Soup (Marcia Brown)
Swimmy (Leo Lionni)
Teamwork Isn't My Thing and I Don't Like to Share (Julia Cook)
Thanks for the Feedback...I think (Julia Cook)
The Babe and I (David Adler)
The Bremen Town Musicians (Eugene Evans)
The Crayon Box that Talked (Shane Derolf)
The Mice Who Lived in a Shoe (Rodney Peppe)
The Way of the Ninja (David Bruins)
Zinnia and Dot (Ernst Li)

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3rd Grade - 5th Grade
A Chair for My Mother (Vera B. Williams)
Alligator Arrived with Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast (Crescent Dragon Wagon)
A New Coat for Anna (Harriet Ziefert)
Baseball Saved Us (Ken Mochizuki)
City Green (DyAnne Di Salvo- Ryan)
Cooperation (Lucia Raatma)
Fire Came to the Earth People: A Dahomean Folktale (Susan Roth)
Garden of Happiness (Erica Tamar)
I Can Cooperate (David Parker)
Join In and Play (Learning to Get Along) (Cheri J. Meiners)
Little Red Hen
My Apron (Eric Carle)
Officer Buckle and Gloria (Peggy Rathmann)
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (Karen Foxlee)
Pet Detective (Better Ren Wright)
Six Crows (Leo Lionni)
Stone Soup (Marcia Brown)
Swimmy (Leo Lionni)
Teamwork Isn't My Thing and I Don't Like to Share (Julia Cook)
Thanks for the Feedback...I think (Julia Cook)
The Babe and I (David Adler)
The Bremen Town Musicians (Eugene Evans)
The Crayon Box that Talked (Shane Derolf)
The Mice Who Lived in a Shoe (Rodney Peppe)
The Way of the Ninja (David Bruins)
Zinnia and Dot (Ernst Li)



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Additional Resources for Parents:
Teach Teamwork to Students