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Over There

Simple, yet dynamic & fast-paced group initiative.

  • Simple set-up
  • Fosters critical thinking
  • Promotes collaboration
  • Sharpens observation skills
  • Simple prop


Step-by-Step Instructions

How To Play Narrative

Practical Leadership Tips

Social-Emotional Learning

Health & Wellness Programming

Popular Variations

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Reflection Tips & Strategies


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Have you played this activity? What worked, what didn't work? What type of group? Do you have useful advice for other users? Do you know a fun variation?

Comments (4)

  1. texasteambuilder

    Loving this game! I laid ropes criss-cross setting up 4 quadrants, then randomly scattered a suit in each quad. Here’s my story:
    I had two groups play at the same time. Asked them to reset their play area, then had them switch and play in quad set up by other group. That was fun. We talked about effective processes, utilizing resources, learning forward, etc. Goals were set and they played again. For third round I moved them to the unused quad, and asked them to maintain their high standards. After were processed a bit, I gave them a final challenge to collectively complete the work in all four quadrants. I also asked them to set a goal. The goal-setting turned into a good discussion in it’s self. They got their best time! They reflected on the degree of trust between the work groups, having a shared vision and empowering each small group to solve their part of the problem in their own way. Interesting conversations around “re-setting” the cards. I was curious about how you handle the reset. Thanks

    • Mark

      Wow Jen, this sounds terrific, love the variation and thanks for sharing. In regards to resetting, do you mean mixing up the cards randomly? If so, this is not something I have done myself, but I like the idea.

  2. Jamazurunner

    Great game activity, can play multiple times depending on the age of students. Would modify this to ensure that there’s more physical movement (students outside on the perimeter doing jumping jacks, cheering, specific exercises, etc).

    • Mark

      Your suggestion to keep your students moving is a good one and can be applied to many other activities where there is the potential for idleness.

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