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ZOOM & RE-ZOOM Activity Guide

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Zoom & Re-Zoom Introduction: Zoom and Re-Zoom are two creative and captivating picture books that can be used by trainers as tools to engage clients of all ages. Activities based on the intriguing, wordless books which consist of 30 sequential 'pictures within pictures' help to develop communication and problem solving skills. Once you have carefully cut out each page of the book, you should laminate them so that they will last and hold up to the wear and tear of the activities. Keep the pages stored in a handy folder, bag, or envelope of some type so they are ready for use when you need them. Here are a couple of activities to get you started, but remember you and your group may be able to create the next "new" activity. Be aware that ReZoom is a more challenging sequence of pictures, as the transitions are a bit more intricate and challenging to identify.

Zoom-Together Type: Partnering Activity Group Size: Up to 60 (using both books) Time Frame: 5-10 minutes Goals: • •

Encourage conversation among participants Divide the group into pairs or various sub-groups in a way that is fun and engaging.

One page from either Zoom or ReZoom per participant


Set Up: Choose a section of the sequence, from either or both books, including one picture for each participant. Shuffle the pictures and pass them out to your group – one per participant. Briefing: Depending on the groupings you are looking to create, (e.g., partners, triads, groups of four, etc.), ask the group members to find another person that has a picture sequential to the one they are holding. For partners, there would be two possible combinations, either the Zoom Out partner or the Zoom In partner. Once everyone has found his or her partner, move into the partner activity you had planned. Variations: •

Ask that group members not show anyone else their pages. Participants may only verbally describe their pages to others.

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Zoomline Type: Problem Solving Group Size: 8-30 Time Frame: 20-30 Minutes Goals: • • •

Work together to achieve a common goal Increase skills in problem solving and apply effective solutions to accomplish group tasks Practice achieving increased productivity and optimal performance

Materials: • •

A set of sequential pages from either Zoom or Re-Zoom that equal the number of participants in the group. A stopwatch

Briefing: “Each of you is currently holding a page of a story. At the moment, the pages are out of order. Your task, when I say, "GO," is to place the pages in proper sequential order as quickly as you can. I’ll ask that you not show your page to anyone until I say, "GO." Then you may share your page with other group members. Your group will be timed. Your goal is to order the pages more quickly in each round and to work towards achieving the best time you can after three rounds. Between each round you will have time to discuss ideas for improving your time. Before we begin each round, we will randomly exchange pages with other group members. You may not look at your page until I say, "GO.” Debriefing: Ask participants: • • •

What did the group do to continuously improve their time? What factors contributed to the group’s overall success? Did the group come up with a plan? How did that plan change throughout the process?

Variations: • •

Introduce the activity as a “No Talking” Activity. Distribute multiple cards to each participant.

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Zoom Challenge Type: Communication & Problem Solving Group Size: 10-30 Time Frame: 25-40 minutes Goals: • • •

Explore individual differences in describing, sorting and interpreting verbal information. Practice effective communication. Explore group processes for expressing ideas, discussing solutions and making decisions.

Materials: Use either book or any sequential set of pages. Be aware Re-Zoom is very challenging for this activity! Each participant will get one or two pages based on the size of the group. You won't need to use all the pages, but be sure to use pages that make a continuous sequence. Briefing: “Each of you is holding a page of a book. The book, titled Zoom, has unfortunately been taken apart page by page. Your task is to put the pages back in the correct order by lining them up and revealing the story. Before you begin, there are a few rules regarding how to do this: 1. You may not show your page to anyone else in the group. 2. You may only verbally describe your page using as much or as little detail as you feel will be helpful. 3. Once you believe the pages are in the correct order, you can show the pictures and see if the sequence is correct! You may begin when you are ready.” Debrief: • • • •

Compare and contrast how each person shared information about their particular page. How did we describe our pages? Did we give too much or too little detail? Was it more challenging to describe your page or interpret what others were describing? How did we decide when we had the pages in the correct sequence?

Variations: •

If your group needs help (which ReZoom usually does) give them some resources to use. One resource is that they can show three different pages to the entire group. However, they can only show one at a time. Once they show a picture, it has to go back into hiding with its owner before the next one can be shown! A second resource can be that they make three exchanges or trades. This allows for more than one person to see more than one picture helping them to bring the big picture into focus!

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Zoomsort Type: Problem Solving Group Size: 8-20 Time Frame: 15-45 minutes Goals: • •

Develop skills in problem solving and group decision making. Practice communicating ideas and expressing points of view.

Materials: Mix the pages from both books together in one stack. Briefing: “Sometimes it is hard to distinguish one story from the other. Well, that’s what you’re going to have to do – sort out the two "stories” so that they’re in their proper sequential order! Figure out which pages belong to which book and put the pages back in the right order. Sounds simple but watch out it may be harder than it sounds.” Debriefing: Ask the group: What process was used to decide which page went with which story? How were ideas expressed? How were ideas shared? What factors contributed to the overall success of the group? What did you learn from this process that may help you to make group or individual decisions elsewhere in life?

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Activity Guide Item # 71631

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