SOS: Jigsaw

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.


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Jigsaw is a well known cooperative learning strategy that empowers students from a “home” group to focus on one aspect of a topic. “Just as in a jigsaw puzzle, each piece–each student’s part–is essential for the completion and full understanding of the final product. If each student’s part is essential, then each student is essential; and that is precisely what makes this strategy so effective.” (Jigsaw Classroom) Using resources compiled into “my content” folders in Discovery Education, students work with their peers who have identical assignments in different groups to research their topic and become “experts” before bringing the information back to their assigned group. My content folders in Discovery Education allows you to collect, organize, share and retrieve your favorite DE media resources and assignments in one place.



  • Students will be studying the ancient civilizations of the Sumerians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.
  • Explain to students that they will be focusing on the religion for each of these civilizations.
  • Organize students into groups of 4. EAch student will need to be assigned to an ancient civilization
  • Students will meet with their peers who have the same civilization to explore the DE resources provided in a “my content” folder.
  • The Egyptian folder might contain the following:
  • Students will meet with their peers who have the same civilization assignment to explore the DE resources, work together to learn the content, and come up with a list of 3-5 details to take back to their home group
  • Students will return to their home group to teach their peers about their assigned civilization’s religion
  • As a whole group, compare and contrast the religions of the 4 civilizations


  • Select a series of topics, events or people that matches your curriculum
  • Create “my content” folders of information in Discovery Education for each topic
  • Divide students into groups and assign each group member a topic
  • Have students meet with their peers who have the same topic to explore the DE resources to learn the content
  • Students return to their home group to teach their topic
  • Discuss what they have learned whole group

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

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