Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cooperative Learning with Reading Response and Writing Activities

Busy, Busy, Busy...   
I wanted to share some student samples from a couple of cooperative learning tasks involving reading response and writing. 

We are in the midst of our final unit of the year called "The Spirit Within" and I wanted to share some of our work. 
So, here is what we've been up to lately...

 Literature Circles: Sequence of Events Map-
A "During Reading" Group Task for Night...

 Literature Circles: Sequence of Events Map-Group Task for Night...After reading a section of Elie Wiesel's memoir, students created flow maps in their literature circle groups. These are just two of the creative ideas they came up with to show the sequence of events. I like to have them work in groups because they learn so much from each other. 
Partner Allegory Writing after Reading "Terrible Things" by Eve Bunting...

I gave them the option of working independently or with a partner to compose their own allegories based on the idea presented in "Terrible Things" and, to my surprise, I had a good handful choose to do it independently. Either way, the originality and imagination that came out was amazing. 
Students read their allegories to the class after taking a couple of days to compose allegories and then illustrate them--in the form of a children's book. They really had fun with the project.
We thoroughly enjoyed hearing the different avenues taken to present the same idea!

As you can see, my kiddos have been busy with various hands-on tasks, in addition to getting ready for our upcoming state test! 
(I won't even yap about state

What have your students been doing in class these last couple of weeks. Please share your fun ideas and cooperative learning activities with us.

a smith innovative connections


  1. The work produced by your students is fabulous! Thanks for sharing this post. :) I'm Brandee, your newest follower. I love finding other upper grade blogs. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. I'm so glad you liked it and stopped by...Thanks so much! I'll have to check yours out too!


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