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Jigsaw reading

Jigsaw reading is a useful cooperative learning strategy that engages students and increases their participation and contribution to the learning process. It helps develop a depth of knowledge not possible if the students were to try and learn all of the material on their own. Each student of a “home” group specialises in one aspect of a learning unit. Students meet with members from other groups who are assigned the same aspect, and after mastering the material, return to the “home” group and teach the material to their group members. Each student's part is essential for the completion and full understanding of the final product. Appropriate for year 4 and above. 

Watch these short videos to see jigsaw reading being used in a primary level context and in a secondary level context

Primary level


Secondary level

Teaching and learning sequence examples:

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Published on: 19 Jan 2018