Activity – 6th Grade – Ruby

Web of Resiliency


* This activity requires some preparation before beginning with the students. You will want to use string and tape to create a web in a corner or area of your classroom. The web should be large enough for a student to maneuver through it. If you are able, it would be helpful to use chairs and desks to create the web. Use tape to attach the 6 index cards somewhere in the web. 

  1. Review Resiliency and adversity from Mini-Lesson 1.
  2. Explain to students that today they will be using some of the skills that Engineers use regularly an will be working in small TEAMs to try to conquer the Web of Resiliency.
  3. Place students in TEAMs of 3-4.
  4. Show students the Web of Resiliency in the room while explaining that they will have to come up with a plan for how they will work together to retrieve all 6 index cards in the web without touching the string. If they touch the string, all of the index cards will be placed back in the web and it will be the next TEAM’s turn.
  5. Give students 10 minutes to work together to come up with a plan for how they will retrieve all 6 cards in the web. Students can decide to send only one student into the web or use a TEAM approach going into the web.
  6. Depending on your class size, you can decide to give multiple turns or a set amount of time during each team’s turn.
  7. Once each group has had a turn, you will come back together as a whole class to discuss the activity.

Discussion Questions

  1. What were your experiences on your TEAMs with the Web of Resiliency?
  2. Was it difficult to navigate the web? Why or why not?
  3. How did you have to use resiliency with this activity?
  4. Did you have to incorporate other TEAM foundations into your plan?
  5. Think about your life. Do you think it’s tough to get through sometimes? How might this activity relate to difficult situations we deal with day to day?

20 minutes


  • String or yarn (used to create the web)
  • Tape
  • 6 Index cards (one Foundation written on each one)