Math 3-6


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 worked example with a small group and then share their understanding with different students, everyone actively practices their math skills.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch as this math teacher uses jigsaw to review concepts and problems with her students. Each student becomes an expert on particular problems within a group setting and then shares their learning with other students.

  • Teachers can increase math talk in their classrooms, and in turn strengthen students' Math Communication skills and Mathematical Flexibility, 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

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    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 math concepts, such as Operations and Algebraic Thinking, into a presentation for sharing with other members of the class.
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