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Jigsaw Method Activities
The jigsaw technique is a method of organizing classroom activity that makes students dependent on each other to succeed. It breaks classes into groups and breaks assignments into pieces that the group assembles to complete the (jigsaw) puzzle. Click the image for more information and to see the topics available! Lots of teaching jigsaw strategy examples available at the link.
How to Complete the Jigsaw Method
To complete the Jigsaw Method, first split your students into groups depending on how many “chunks” of information you have. I would recommend 4-6 students in each group. These groups are called the Jigsaw Groups. This strategy works best when you have the same number of students in each group, but our classrooms rarely work out that way, so try to get as close as you can. For the rest of the steps, click the image to read on!
How to Complete the Jigsaw Method
Split your students into groups depending on how many “chunks” of information you have. I would recommend 4-6 students in each group. These groups are called the Jigsaw Groups. This strategy works best when you have the same number of students in each group, but our classrooms rarely work out that way, so try to get as close as you can. Click the image for the rest of the tips and a free Jigsaw Method resource!
The Jigsaw Method
So I may have mentioned once or twice how I am a bit of a cooperative learning strategy junkie, and today I thought that I would share one of my very favorite cooperative learning activities with you. This strategy is the Jigsaw Method. Now, I have been using the Jigsaw Method since I was a student myself, but just didn’t know the name of it, and I would bet that you are using some form of it as well. Click the image to read the full post about how and why to use the jigsaw method!
Celebrate Freedom | Constitution Day Unit Bundle
This Celebrate Freedom Activity bundle includes a PowerPoint, Task Cards, a QR Quest, Informational Trading Cards, a TicTacToe Choice Board, and an Interactive Notebook Kit. Celebrate Freedom Week coincides with Constitution Week, established by the U.S. Congress to encourage all Americans to learn about the Constitution. Both Celebrate Freedom Week and Constitution Week focus on September 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution.
Latino and Hispanic Middle Grade Books - by #OwnVoices Authors
Children's books with Latinx and Hispanic characters by Latinx and Hispanic authors. Middle grade books for kids ages 8 and up. These diverse books includes contemporary realism, historical fiction, fantasy and verse novels. Great reading for Hispanic Heritage Month. #OwnVoices #childrensbooks #hispanic #latinx
Interactive Notebooks - What You Don't Know
Have you been wondering about using interactive notebooks in social studies? Check out this post all about how to incorporate INBs into your classroom without losing your mind. You might have seen interactive notebooks and thought, yeah, they look great, but they seem like a whole lot of paper and a whole lot of work. AND you would be right, they can be. BUT there are some strategies you can use to make sure the implementation of interactive notebooks goes smoothly and does not drive you insane.
Graphic Novels for Kids: The 13 best graphic novel series
If you've written off graphic novels for kids as not "real" reading, take a peek at these titles that have massive kid appeal and help even reluctant readers want to crack open a book. These 13 best graphic novels for kids are sure to be a hit!