Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning is when students are given opportunities to approach learning activities in peer groups, usually in teams of four where each team member has a specific role (timekeeper, note-taker, discussion leader and reporter). During this group learning time, team members work around a specific learning objective while developing other skills such as learning how to share, solving problems, giving and receiving feedback, providing encouragement and sharing. Students benefit from a shared learning experience where they are given chances to develop both social and oral language skills.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Collaboration Tool

Student Planning and Reflection Form for Cooperative Learning

Student planning and reflection sheet for cooperative learning activities. This resource can be utilized to help make cooperative learning more effective and build student accountability.

Grade 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Behavior & SEL · 1 pages

Collaboration Tool

Student Role Cards for Cooperative Learning

Student role cards for cooperative learning activities. These resources can be utilized to help make cooperative learning more effective and build student accountability.

Grade 3, 4, 5 · Behavior & SEL · 2 pages

Implementation Tips

Introducing Cooperative Learning
When introducing cooperative learning, start with partnerships and explicitly model and role play appropriate partner behavior.
Pairing ELLs with Language Models
When forming teams, assign ELLs to different teams so that they can benefit from English language role models.
Rotating Roles/Jobs
If assigning different jobs to students, make sure to continually rotate the jobs so each student gets a chance to experience each role.


When working with ELL students, do a Round Robin where students sit in a circle. Give a category such as “Places in My Community.” Have students go around the circle and try to name as many items that belong to that category.
ELA - Reading
For small groups of students reading at a similar level, create literature circles, or book clubs, where each member of the group has a responsibility. Assign students jobs as the vocabulary finder, artist, discussion leader, etc. where everyone contributes to a specific text’s discussion. Allow the group some choice around which text they would like to read.
Social Studies
Have students work on a jigsaw project where each member of the team contributes a different piece to the project. For example, a team gets assigned a text to read and each member has a different job to contribute to a newspaper report on the topic. Some students may write news articles, others may provide photos and illustrations.

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