The tile pieces are for playing the Silent Square Game, a cooperative learning group activity. Each stl file shows how the completed squares should look.
Silent Square Game Guidelines:
- Place students in groups of 4.
- One student in each group will receive the game packet.
- The designated student will take the puzzle pieces out and sort them according to the letter on the back of each piece.
- There will be:
3 puzzle pieces with the letter A for student 1
3 puzzle pieces with the letter B for student 2
3 puzzle pieces with the letter C for student 3
3 puzzle pieces with the letter D for student 4
- This is a silent game. Once the game begins, no one may speak.
- After each student receives 3 puzzle pieces (that will NOT make a square), they need to look at the pieces that their group members have.
- Everyone is encouraged to OFFER.
No one may TAKE. They may ACCEPT a puzzle piece to use if OFFERED.
- Once anyone has 4 puzzle pieces, they should assess what they have, look at their group member's pieces and offer their extra puzzle piece to the person in their group who can best use it.
The object of the game is for the group to have four squares of equal size; one assembled in front of each of the four students in the group.
As the groups work the teacher should circulate quietly observing. Reinforce the rules of the game if necessary.
Overview and Background
This activity supports group building in the cooperative classroom environment.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Adapted from Learning, August/September 9, 1974. Break the Ice with 5 Squares by David Weitzman
Materials four envelopes with a mixture of puzzle pieces that when sorted will make four squares all the same size for each group of five people. Use the directions and square pattern sheets to print out instructions and five squares for each group of students.
Cut them out and put all the three A puzzle pieces in an envelope, all three B puzzle pieces in another envelope, and so on for all pieces A-D.
One envelope will be given to each person in a group of five. Instructional note: I have only used this activity with students age 10 through adult, therefore I changed rule 7 from its original form.
This is a giving game. You will be given an envelope with three puzzle pieces, do not open it until you are told to start. This is a group game activity and you will be competing with other groups against the clock.
I removed the hint: "This is a giving game." and the competition aspect. I thought removing the hint would make it more challenging and memorable. If students don't come up with the idea of giving or passing pieces, then it could be suggested if students seem stumped. I removed the competition reference as students will naturally want to be first and without it groups who don't finish first will hopefully continue to solve the puzzles with less frustration.
The group is to complete five solid white squares in such a way that each player has a square the same size as all the other members in your group. In other words, every group member has to end up with the same size square.
The game must be played in complete silence.
You may not point or signal other players with your hands or in any other way.
You may not take a puzzle piece from another player.
You may not place a puzzle piece next to another player's puzzle piece(s) to that they are using to try and construct a square.
You may not fold a puzzle piece or overlap pieces to complete a square.
When you have finished, cover your square with your envelope.
This is a group activity, when all of you have an envelope, you may open them and begin.
Ask, how they felt about not being able to talk?
How did you communicate without talking?
How did you feel about the group that finished first?
How do you think the groups felt when groups were finished before them?
How is working with a group different than working alone? Discuss both good and bad attributes.
What did you learn about working with others? (Sometimes you have to give up your ideas so the group can all progress.)
You need the tiles and the instruction.