Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10485

Did you ever help someone or have someone help you? Working together is called cooperation. Watching a video about Stone Soup, reading articles, and keeping a journal will teach you about cooperation!


Interpersonal Skills

Life Skills
learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Imagine that you are trying to put together a puzzle with one of your friends, but your friend refuses to talk to you while doing the puzzle. Do you think that it would be more difficult to complete the puzzle without talking?

Today, you will be learning about cooperation.

What does this word mean to you?

Think about the question in the beginning.

  • Have you ever been in a similar situation
  • What did you do?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • Was it more difficult to complete the task?

Now, it's time to see how well you are able to cooperate within a group.

Cooperation Activity


  • 2-4 players
  • one balloon
  1. Stand in a circle holding hands.
  2. A balloon is dropped into the circle and the goal is to see how many times you can tap the balloon into the air without losing connection (everyone in the circle must continue holding hands).
  3. This will require that the circle move and that all of the players work cooperatively to keep the balloon in the air.
  4. Players may contact the balloon with hands, arms, heads, shoulders, chests, or knees — but not feet.
  5. If the balloon falls to the ground or is touched by feet, start the count over.
  • Did you have to work together to keep the balloon in the air?
  • Did it take a little bit to get the hang of it? Was it easy or hard to work together?
  • Did you enjoy working together?
  • What role did cooperation play during this exercise?
  • Do you think you could have gotten as far as you did if you weren't allowed to speak to one another?

Cooperation is working together for a common purpose.

  • How does your family cooperate?
  • What is fun about working in groups?
  • What can be frustrating when working in groups?
  • Tell about a time you cooperated with your friends.

Read about How to Be a Cooperative Person at Once you have read about how to be a cooperative person, in your journal make a list of all of the benefits using the Graphic Organizer - Bubble Map in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

Next, please watch the following video about the Marcia Brown book, Stone Soup, by Weston Woods Studios, Inc. Once you have watched the video, please reflect on and answer the following questions in your journal:

  • What is the main idea of the story?
  • Why do you think the monks show the villagers how to make stone soup?
  • What happened as the monks were making stone soup?
  • Do you think the change in the way the villagers act will continue?


Once you are satisfied with your answers, continue on to the Got It? section to create a Cooperation Journal!

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