Leadership Inspirations Activities

Fortunately Unfortunately

Tell a silly story together as a group

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

In this word game, participants create a silly story comprised of good and bad news.

 

SET UP

  • You will need enough space for your whole group to stand or sit in a circle together.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • The group will go around the circle and each person will have a turn to add to a silly story.
  • The first person will start the story with a sentence (Once upon a time there were three little pigs…)
  • The second person will then continue the story by telling the group something unfortunate that happens (Unfortunately for the pigs, there was a hungry wolf who wanted to eat them…)
  • The third person will then add on to the story with a fortunate event (Fortunately, the pigs had built a very strong house…)
  • The game continues around the circle with each person contributing to the story and alternating between “good” and “bad” news until you get to the last person.

VARIATIONS

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?