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Cooperative Games Lesson Ideas

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Working Together, Art Print
Working Together,
Art Print

Cooperative games provide a shared experience of problem solving and achievement, and thus encourage repeat experiences throughout life.

Cooperation: Working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit.

Competition: Using a skill or ability for a selfish advantage.

These games were played at the two World Celebration Camps, an off-shoot of the World Peace Celebration c. mid-1990s.

Designed as a 2 week day camp we did music, dance, art - painting with brushes made from pine needles (!), raku ceramics, t-shirt printing, mask-making and even cooked a lunch with a solar box (late lunch on a cloudy day!), and played cooperative games.

Everybody Stand Up (or Sit-Down) Together

optional equipment: Thick, strong rope tied securely in a circle.

Bring your group into a circle and sit on their haunches, hanging on to the rope. This can also be done by joining hands.

Ask your participants to stand up together - and this requires cooperation - the children actually stood with relative ease (adults might be hampered by stiff knees!) - however they had to adjust for size - older/bigger children had to temper their strength to not knock smaller kids off balance.

Arm Wrestling for Raisins

supplies: Healthy treat like raisins.

The immediate thought with wrestling is COMPETITION - this is where this game is also a lesson in listening!

Choose your partner and set up to arm wrestle - everytime the back of your, or your partners hand, touches the table, both of you get a raisin.

Needless to say we repeated the rule several times before we got a surprised look, and cooperation reigned!

Cooperation Quotes ~

Golden Rule, Norman Rockwell
Golden Rule,
Norman Rockwell

• “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” ~ Golden Rule

• “In union there is strength.” ~ Aesop

• “If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.” ~ Buddha

• “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” ~ Edmund Burke

• “In the end the aggressors always destroy themselves, making way for others who know how to cooperate and get along. Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity. Indeed, since the creation of the first nucleated cells, evolution has proceeded through ever more intricate arrangements of cooperation and coevolution. Partnership—the tendency to associate, establish links, live inside one another, and cooperate—is one of the hallmarks of life.” ~ Fritjof Capra

• “It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that's where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.” ~ Paulo Coelho

• “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” ~ Charles Darwin

• “No man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent.” ~ John Donne

• “Possibly it may help us to realize that there can be no security for one unless it is enjoyed by all; that though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

• “Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others...for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.” ~ Albert Einstein

• “If we do not hang together, we will all hang separately.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

• “'I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.

• “Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

• “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

• “Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest. The maple and the pine may whisper to each other with their leaves ... But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkness underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean's bottom.” ~ William James

• “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller

• “Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” ~ Kenyan Proverb

• “Unless we teach our children peace, someone will teach them violence.” ~ Colman McCarthy

• “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

• “Without the cooperation of its members society cannot survive, and the society of man has survived because the cooperativeness of its members made survival possible.... It was not an advantageous individual here and there who did so, but the group. In human societies the individuals who are most likely to survive are those who are best enabled to do so by their group.” ~ Ashley Montagu

• “Unless life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.” ~ Mother Teresa

• “We are exploring together. We are cultivating a garden together, backs to the sun. The question is a hoe in our hands and we are digging beneath the hard and crusty surface to the rich humus of our lives.” ~ Parker Palmer

• “We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.” ~ Karl Popper

• “By using the “kingdom of God,” Jesus put his ideal for society in an antithetical relation both to other political and social systems and to individual self-interest (“looking out for number one”). The human dilemma is, in large part, that we are each other's fate. We become the tool of evil that ruins another person as we look out for ourselves, having long abandoned any youthful idealism we might once have cherished. But if we each would cease and desist from pushing the other down to keep ourselves up, then the vicious cycle would be broken. Society would become mutually supportive rather than self-destructive. This is what Jesus was up to.” ~ James M. Robinson

• “Most great learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the stuff of growth.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson

• “Obedience may have its uses, but it is no substitute for willing, uncoerced co-operation.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

• “Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

• “The man of great wealth owes a particular obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

• “Government and cooperation are in all things the laws of life. Anarchy and competition, the laws of death.” ~ John Ruskin

• “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation ... it is common to wish well to oneself, but in our technically unified world, wishing well to oneself is sure to be futile unless it is combined with wishing well to others.” ~ Bertram Russell

• “When we say that man chooses for himself, we do mean that every one of us must choose himself; but by that we also mean that in choosing for himself he chooses for all men. For in effect, of all the actions a man may take in order to create himself as he wills to be, there is not one which is not creative, at the same time, of an image of man such as he believes he ought to be. To choose between this or that is at the same time to affirm the value of that which is chosen; for we are unable ever to choose the worse. What we choose is always the better; and noting can be better for us unless it is better for all.” ~ John Paul Sartre

• “The mark of man is initiative, but the mark of woman is cooperation. Man talks about freedom; woman about sympathy, love, sacrifice. Man cooperates with nature; woman cooperates with God. Man was called to till the earth, to "rule over the earth"; woman to be the bearer of a life that comes from God.” ~ Martin F. Sheen

• “He that does good to another does good also to himself.” ~ Seneca

• “Let me give you the definition of ethics: It is good to maintain life and further life. It is bad to damage and destroy life. And this ethic, profound and universal, has the significance of a religion. It is a religion.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

• “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ~ Harry S Truman

• “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

• “A hundred thousand men, coming one after another, cannot move a Ton weight; but the united strength of 50 would transport it with ease.” ~ George Washington

Links ~

Cooperative Learning Institute - an innovative nonprofit Institute established in 1987 to advance the understanding and practice of cooperation and constructive conflict resolution.

The Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium - The Honey Bee - Colony and Organization.

Co-ops 101: An Introduction to Cooperatives - comprehensive summary of basic information on the cooperative way of organizing and operating a business.

The Tragedy of the Commons (Science Magazine) by Garrett Hardin - the depletion of a shared resource by individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one's self-interest, act contrary to the group's long-term best interests by depleting the common resource.

The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Alexrod - The Evolution of Cooperation provides valuable insights into the age-old question of whether unforced cooperation is ever possible. Widely praised and much-discussed, this classic book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists-whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals-when there is no central authority to police their actions. The problem of cooperation is central to many different fields. Robert Axelrod recounts the famous computer tournaments in which the “cooperative” program Tit for Tat recorded its stunning victories, explains its application to a broad spectrum of subjects, and suggests how readers can both apply cooperative principles to their own lives and teach cooperative principles to others.

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