This year my school is implementing STEM so I wanted to do something STEM/team building related the first week of school. We did this activity as teachers during pre-planning and I thought my students would enjoy it too!
All you need are spaghetti sticks, marshmallows, string, and tape (I also gave them a pair of scissors). I let my students pick their own groups and gave them thirty minutes to build the highest tower with their marshmallow on top. It was fun to watch the students work together and come up with a design. Although only one group's structure actually stayed up at the end I was still really impressed with how well they worked together and how interesting their designs were! Activities like these tell you a lot about the students in your class.
(while I was taking this one, one of my students said "send this to all your friends"..so here I am, sharing with all my friends ; )
Also--I'm going to be sharing my classroom tour once I can remember to take my camera to school (#PregnancyBrain!) so be on the lookout for that!