Activity – 6th Grade – Lamar

Traffic Jam

Procedure

  1. Review Leadership from Mini-Lesson 1.
  2. Place carpet squares in a single line on the floor.
  3. Put students on TEAMs of 8 (for the activity you will want 8 players on the floor, so TEAMs may have to share players).
  4. Explain to students that they will be placed on the squares. The four students on the left will face the four students on the right. There will be one empty square in the middle.
  5. The goal of the activity is to get all four players on the right to be on the left, and all four players on the left to be on the right.
  6. The catch is they must follow these rules (write them down where all students can see):

RULES

  • Students can only move forward.
  • Only one student on a square at once.
  • You have to stay facing the way you started.
  • Students can “hop over” or move past only one person at a time to get to open space.
  • Students can’t “hop over” anyone facing the same direction they are facing BUT they can move around someone facing the opposite direction.
  • If any of the above rules are broken, the next TEAM gets a turn.
  • When a TEAM of 8 gets stuck, it is the next TEAM’s turn.
  • Remind students that although they aren’t all playing at the same time, they are all one TEAM. Students in the audience can still help guide students playing.

 

Solution – The solution to this activity is figuring out the pattern below:

Left side starts – 1 move

  • 1st in line moves to empty middle square

Right side – 2 moves

  • 1st in line hops middle space and lands in empty space
  • 2nd in line moves forward one space

Left side – 3 moves

  • 1st in line hops one and lands in empty space
  • 2nd person hops one and lands in empty space
  • 3rd person moves forward one space

Right side – 4 moves

  • 1st person hops one and lands in empty space
  • 2nd person hops middle and lands in empty space
  • 3rd person hops one and lands in empty space
  • 4th person moves forward one space

Left Side – 4 moves

  • 1st person hops one and lands in empty space
  • 2nd person hops one and lands in empty space
  • 3rd person hops one and lands in empty space
  • 4th person hops one and lands in empty space

Right Side – 4 moves

  • 1st person moves forward one space
  • 2nd person hops one and lands in empty space
  • 3rd person hops one and lands in empty space
  • 4th person hops one and lands in empty space

Left side – 3 moves

  • 2nd person moves forward one space
  • 3rd person hops one and lands in empty space
  • 4th person hope one and lands in middle

Right side – 2 moves

  • 3rd person moves forward one space
  • 4th person hops one and lands in empty space

Left side – 1 move

  • 4th person moves forward one space

Discussion Questions: 

  1. How did we use leadership during this activity?
  2. What are some strengths you noticed in your TEAMmates?
  3. How did people encourage one another?
  4. What was most frustrating? How did your TEAM overcome the frustration?
  5. Do you feel you were successful with this activity? How so?
  6. What are some other Project TEAM foundations your TEAM used during the activity?
  7. Did the TEAMs start to rely on an individual to guide them, or was everyone involved in the solution?  Did everyone lead at one time or another?

20 minutes

Materials

  • Nine (9) carpet squares or taped squares on the floor