Leadership Inspirations Activities

Four Points

To cross a space as a group touching the ground only four times

Duration

20-30 minutes

Team Stage

Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

Use critical thinking and problem solving to work together as a team to get across a distance while only touching the ground 4 times!

 

SET UP

  • Get a space large enough that the group can move around freely in a 20 foot area without running into obstacles.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Explain that we will attempt to move our entire group across a fifteen to twenty-foot area, using only four points of contact with the ground (any part of the body that touches the ground counts as one point)
  • This means four points for the entire group.
  • If more than four points of contact are made with the ground, the group must start over.
  • No props may be used.
  • Safety: Since they will be balancing on each other, make sure you are prepared to spot if necessary or allow some of the members to do so.

VARIATIONS

  • Increase the distance and provide more points to touch the ground (30 feet with 6 points of contact)
  • Decrease the distance and provide less points to touch the ground (12 feet with 3 points of contact)

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?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?
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?