Cooperative Learning

Fall of 2015

The Lesson

Grade Level: 2nd Grade

Content: Reading (Ready Gen) - we read a narrative story titled Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday. The lesson included vocabulary practice using quiz-quiz-trade, read aloud by the teacher, group round robin reading, think-pair-share to answer questions, rally robin to brainstorm adjectives that describe the main character's moods.

5 Elements of Cooperative Learning

1. Positive Interdependence: Students used Quiz Quiz Trade during the lesson. They benefit each other because they have to rely on others in order to gain an understanding of the vocabulary words. The students also read through the book together in order to gain an understanding of the main character, Alexander, and brainstormed as a group a challenge that Alexander faced and how he responded to it.


2. Individual/Group Accountability: students read through the book, as well as worked on a character web with their partner. Students were held responsible to both fill out the web, but also brainstorm together as a pair using given pages from the book. I will be using observations, as well as student work to check individual and group accountability.


3. Group Processing: students were given a chance at the end of the lesson to share how they felt the partner character web went.


4. Social Skills: students had to communicate with their partner/group during the lesson frequently. Whether it was partner talk at the carpet, giving clues during Quiz Quiz Trade, or discussing answers as a group for their character web. Students had to communicate during this lesson to be successful.


5. Face to Face Interaction: students were given many opportunities to be an active member of their group/pair. They shared their thoughts, opinions, and ideas in order to help their group/partner. They also were up interacting with different members of the class during quiz-quiz-trade since one of the rules is that they cannot be with the same person twice.

Kagan Structures

1. Quiz-Quiz-Trade: I used this a lot for vocabulary and spelling word practice. It also works great with math facts.


2. Rally Coach: I used this during math when students went back to do their problem set. Pairing them high-low allowed students who weren't quite understanding gain a better understanding through the use of their coach.


3. Timed-Pair-Share: this happens very frequently at our carpet area. Students are always given opportunities to talk with their partner during each lesson to share their ideas with a partner before sharing out with the class.


4. Stand Up-Hand Up-Pair Up: I use this to get students up and moving and ask them fun questions for a brain break.


5. Round Robin: we used this when talking about parts of speech. It was fun to walk around the room and hear them trying to come up with new ideas other students did not say yet.

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