I could use this activity as an ice breaker for the first week of school or as a classroom community builder. I could have the students sit in a circle or break them up into small groups and work on the ice breaker together.
Saving Sam -- Partners must save Sam by retrieving the life jacket from under the boat and putting it on Sam. Groups may use only paperclips. Kids cannot touch Sam, the boat, or the life preserver with their bare hands.
A great resource to use as an ice breaker; ideal for a new tutor group. This encourages students to get up and about communicating with others to extract information and find things in common, breaking the ice and begin bonding with one another!