Some Cooperative Learning Projects
by Cybrary Man
Country or State Project
Materials: Construction paper sheets of all the colors in each
flag of the country or state. Scissors, glue, tape or stapler,
rulers and markers. Large blank construction paper for map. Magic
markers and crayons. Information question sheet on each state or
country (e.g.: population, area, neighbors, industries, etc.)
Students are told that they will be researching particular
country or state. They first do a complete profile of the country or
state. Each student had to research a particular part of the country
(geography, government, population, natural resources, economy...)
Then, in the next phase they are given their supplies and told to
make the flag of the country and a map. (It was fascinating
observing how the students put together the flag as they had to use
a ruler and figure out how to divide the different colored
They are also to provide ten interesting
facts about that country in any format they choose (play, poem,
pictures, songs, etc.). Travel brochures are also created.
Make Your Own Country Project
Each group had to create their
own country. Included in their report were the following:
history, geographical features, area, population, government, laws,
economy (currency, exports, imports, jobs), natural resources,
climate, education, culture, transportation, health, sports and any
other features they felt were needed.
In their presentation they had
to show a map of the country, a flag, national anthem and create a travel brochure.
My Countries of
the World Page
Materials: Same size cardboard from large cartons for each group.
Markers, scissors, construction paper and glue, tape or stapler.
This cooperative learning project can be done in any subject
area. First, students do research on the topic that they have been
assigned in their cooperative learning groups. Then, they are shown
some actual board games and told that they have to create a game
board for their topic. Each group has to come up with the directions
to play the game, the game board and any required cards or playing
pieces. Once all the games are done each group has to present their
game to the rest of the class and they are rated on their
presentation, originality of the game and learning outcomes.
Tools for Educators.com - Board Game Maker, printable board games,
TeachingResourceExchange.com - Creating a Board Game
Materials: Construction paper sheets of all the colors. Scissors,
glue, tape or stapler. Rulers, crayons and markers. Blank white
Students are told that they will be researching a particular
planet in the solar system. They first do a complete profile of that
planet. Questions sheets are prepared for that research. After this
is completed they are told that they can bring in their own
materials to create a model of the planet. Then, in the next phase
they are given their supplies and using their own materials they
build the planet. Each group then presents their planet model and
shares what they have learned with the rest of the class.
This project evolved after students had completed a unit on
Mythology in their Language Arts class. Each group chose an old
myth and had to modernize it. They then had to present their
version to the class.