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Cooperative Literature Groups


July 20, 2010

My favorite cooperative group activity is the jigsaw activity. This works great for learning new material. When my class is learning about the different types of folk literature, I give them a grid and put them into smaller groups. Each group is responsible for two types of folk literature (myths, folk songs, legends, etc.), and they have to read the text to figure out what type of characters, tone, purpose, etc. that each has. When each group is finished with their two types, I have them get into three or four big groups to teach each other. One person from each of the smaller groups gets to teach the bigger group. The children enjoy this activity because it lets them interact with one another and be the teacher for the day. My challenge is to get my lower functioning students to present their grid to the group rather than just letting the other students copy. Any suggestions?

 

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