In this challenge, teams of two will communicate without seeing one another to build a necklace from beads and string.
Students will work in pairs to complete this challenge
- You and your partner will sit or stand back to back. From this point forward, you may not look at one another.
- Designate one person on your team as the “Communicator” and one as the “Assembler”.
- The Communicator will be given a string with 10-20 beads on it.
- The Assembler will be given a pile of beads and a string.
- Using only words, the Communicator must tell the Assembler how to create an identical necklace. The Assembler may not look at the Communicator.
- When finished, the necklaces are compared.
Teachers: For an additional challenge, try adding one or more of these modifications:
- The Assembler may or may not speak during the process.
- The Communicator and the Assembler could sit further apart, or even different rooms. A third person is added as the “telephone” that transmits the information.
- The communicator may not use any color words (red, blue, etc)
Teachers: In preparation, you will need to string a necklace for each team of two students. You will also need to provide each team with a set of beads that matches the ones in the necklace they receive.
Your team will be able to use the following items to complete this challenge.
- A string that has 10-20 beads attached to it
- A set of loose beads in assorted colors and sizes
- A piece of string
Here are some questions that you can ask your students after the exercise.
- Are the necklaces the same?
- Were any of the instructions hard to understand?
- How could information be communicated better?
This exercise touches on these learning concepts:
- Communication– Students learn to communicate difficult concepts without the ability to see one another.
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