Scholastic Scholars: Unit 2
If you have even been part of a team you probably know how important each member of a team is and how much more the team can accomplish together than each individual could accomplish alone. Teams rely on three things to succeed: teamwork, of course, but also strategy, and practice. Being part of the team means we value the talents of others and may even be inspired by them. We may also learn how difficult certain activities can be and that it takes a unique kind of talent and lots of practice to become good at those activities. Playing sports takes teamwork, but people cooperate to meet goals in other ways as well. For example, people may work together to organize a party. They begin by planning the party. Then they divide the work involved, such as buying groceries and cleaning the house. Finally they invite their friends, neighbors, and family. Being a team can sometimes mean more than just working with people. Dogs can be part of a team as well. Dogs have helped people with their work for centuries and they continue to do so today. Dogs pull sleds across the Arctic, guide people with disabilities, and even track scents to help find people in search and rescue operations! Teamwork is important to all of us throughout the world. One of the best known forms of teamwork is in government. The President works closely with a cabinet of advisors, who assist with issues such as healthcare, the environment, and national defense. The president also works with Congress, which is made up of two large bodies: the Senate and the House of Representatives, the members of which are elected by the citizens of the United States. Together they establish laws that affect all of us.
In this unit, you will learn that teamwork can take practice and can involve more than just sports. You will also learn how the President uses teamwork to pass laws.