The Rye Youth Council - Fostering Healthy Development in our Youth


Fourth grade








Have you ever tried to cross shark-infested waters? What materials would you use to accomplish such a task?

The project is about teamwork and understanding what it takes for a group to work together to accomplish a task. Students have opportunities to practice problem solving strategies, communication skills, and the art of compromise.

The activity allows students first hand experience with being supportive of each other, thinking about "the whole", and seeing the many forms of leadership within a single group.

They see the value of persistence and creativity in the variety of ways they attempt to solve the problem. And whether it takes them 45 minutes or 2 hours and 45 minutes, they learn about the value of working with others to overcome obstacles and the satisfaction of taking on a challenge and solving it together.

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