Feeling part of a group can enhance connectedness. By requiring students to work together, they can feel part of the group while developing social skills.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies



Social awareness

Relationship skills

Responsible decision-making

Learning intention

  • Students learn to work together, which can build relationships and connections.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson students will be able to:

  • use communication strategies to work together.

Materials needed

  • A clear and open space for students to walk around in comfortably.

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Social awareness

    • Self-awareness

    • Social management

    • Self-management

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Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Put some music on and ask students to walk around the room.

  2. Explain to students that you are going to randomly stop the music and call out a number. When you do this, they need to form themselves into groups of the number you have called out and then sit down.

  3. When everyone is sitting in groups of approximately the right number (the total number of students may not divide equally into the number called), call out a letter of the alphabet.

  4. Explain to students that they must use their bodies as a group to form the letter. All students must be part of the letter, which can be in upper or lower case.

  5. Repeat the process by asking the students to resume walking around the area to music.


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