Web of Life

This team-building activity invites students thinking about the interconnectedness of the world around us.

Web of Life


Teamwork, collaboration, and developing awareness of the importance of webs.


  • Студенты встают в круг. 
  • Start by saying, “I am the sun,” and throwing a ball of yarn to a student, without letting go of the end. 
  • The student who catches the ball must name something that depends on the sun to live (e.g., a tree) by saying, “I am a _________.”
  • Without letting go of the string, they throw the ball to another student, who must name something that is either dependent on or connected to the previous life form. 
  • Whoever catches the ball of yarn continues to build the web of life until everyone has answered.
  • Once the web is established, the Teacher places a beach ball or other soft object in the center of the web. Ask the students to move the object around without letting it fall, by moving their yarn around. 
  • Отражение: The whole group reflects on the key elements of a web as a system of support. You can close by posing the following questions: 
    • “How are you supported by the web of life?” 
    • “How is the web of life being threatened in your communities?”

Переход к деятельности

Ask students to form a circle. If needed, stagger the group’s transition with a strategy like, “Anyone whose name starts with a vowel, make your way to the circle.”

Выход из активности

“Travel back to your desk as the living thing you named as part of the web.”

Обустройство класса

Open space, or space around desks to stand in a circle.

Опоры / Адаптивные материалы / Инструменты

  • Big ball of yarn or twine.
  • Beach ball or soft plushy (at least the size of a basketball).
  • Студенты могут стоять или сидеть. 
  • Учащиеся с проблемами мелкой моторики могут петлять пряжу за спиной вместо того, чтобы держать ее руками.
  • Управляемая визуализация конкретной экосистемы или среды может быть полезной отправной точкой.
  • Можно поделиться изображением паутины, чтобы направлять их процесс.
  • Передача мяча вместо подбрасывания мяча может помочь учащимся с проблемами зрения или координации.
  • Students who are less verbal or nonverbal can fill in the blank by sharing a movement or shape without naming what they are. 
  • Group brainstorming can support choice-making.

Possible Role of Classroom Professionals

  • Participate in the circle.
  • Act as “the wind,” helping the ball get from one side of the circle to the other.

Настройки для дистанционного управления

Laptop IconStudents can create a verbal/visual web throughout the virtual circle.

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10 минут