Literacy PK-3

Systems Change


As students work with and process information by discussing, organizing, and sharing it together, they deepen their understanding. When learners dive into understanding a concept or text with a small group and then share their understanding with different students, everyone actively practices their reading skills.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch in this Reading Rockets video as this teacher sets up the structures for a successful jigsaw in an elementary classroom. Each student in the home group has time to prepare an idea to share and, working together, all become experts and can share their learning with other students.

  • Teachers can strengthen students' Vocabulary skills by having students tackle new material in a jigsaw activity. Also, by having students first review new material independently before moving into small groups, teachers can support learners' varying Speeds of Processing.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Starting at 1:16, learn how Popplet allows students to collaboratively create shareable presentations. These presentations can be created in the first jigsaw group and support students when sharing their expertise in the second group.

  • Developers can create prompts and spaces for structured small group discussions so students have the opportunity to think, try, and workshop their ideas on Reading skills, such as Syntax and Verbal Reasoning, into a presentation for sharing with other members of the class.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy