JLBC: Puzzled Groups

JLBC: Puzzled Groups

Establishing goals is very important when working with a group to complete a task. A vision of what is to be accomplished gives group members something to look for and work toward. Sometimes, leaders do not make

goals clear to their group, leaving members confused about their organization's direction. Without a clear purpose, members lose sight of the reasons they are involved with a particular project or organization and

can lose interest. Without definite goals, it is difficult for participants to fully understand their roles and what they can do for a group. Steps and resources needed for accomplishing a task can't be identified, and the entire project becomes difficult to achieve.

Advanced Preparation: Place each puzzle in a paper bag, keeping out 4-5 puzzle pieces.



What was it like trying to put the puzzle together without knowing what the end product was supposed to look like?

How would having a picture (vision) make it easier to accomplish your task (goal)?

How did you feel when you discovered pieces were missing? What if someone in your group or another group had taken the details?

In what ways did cooperation factor into the activity? How?

Was a sense of competition felt in completing this activity? Why?


Why is it important to establish goals when working within a group?

Have you worked in a group where a concrete goal or purpose was not defined? What were the results?

What happens to groups and organizations when a resource they need to achieve a goal is unavailable or unattainable? Why?

OBJECTIVES: For youth to:

learn the importance of setting goals in accomplishing tasks within groups.

Complete a group project without knowing the intended outcome.

Work on a project without all of the necessary resources.


Working with groups. Goal setting and planning.


One puzzle of about 50 pieces for each group, Paper bags


It will vary depending on the difficulty of the puzzles.


Comfortable room with area for small groups to put together puzzles (either on tables or floors) without disturbing each other.

Divide participants into small groups of 5-8 youth.

Give each group a paper bag, and ask groups to put their puzzles together. Groups should not see a picture of the unknown, nor should they know if any pieces are missing.

Allow groups to work on puzzles until they are almost complete and members realize pieces are missing.

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