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The key to successful Cooperative Learning Projects is that each participant in the group has an activity to complete.

Cooperative and Collaborative Learning

New Evidence on Cooperative Learning | Faculty Focus

Ten Tips for Using Group Work to Engage and Motivate Learners

Cooperative Learning: Assigning Individual Tasks to Group Members

A Starting Point for Kagan Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning Techniques

Jigsaw Classroom a cooperative learning technique that reduces racial conflict

The Cooperative Learning Institute

College Readiness: Learning Collaboratively  Edutopia

IASCE: International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education

Collaborative Learning Project

Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups

Cooperative Group Learning Rubric

Cooperative Learning Rubric

Tribes Learning Community A New Way of Learning and Being Together

Cooperative Learning Projects in the Library  Compliments of Cybrary Man

My Project Based Learning page

My Games in Education page



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 construction papers.)

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

Board Games

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 - Board Game Maker, printable board games, 100% customizable - Creating a Board Game

Students as Designers: Game Jams! | Edutopia


Planet Project

Materials: Construction paper sheets of all the colors. Scissors, glue, tape or stapler. Rulers, crayons and markers. Blank white paper sheets.

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.