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Strategies using

Collaborative Group Activities
Collaborative activits are important for Special Education
students because it allows the students to practice the skills
that they are learning in a variety of ways and modalities.
These cooperative activities guides the students through
various uses of technology and grouping strategies. The
students work with peers that have different strengths than
they may have. Group members provide each other with
guidance and peer corrections.Working in small groups is
significantly more beneficial for our students, so why not
provide fun ways for them to work in small groups together.
These are some of my favorite collaborative group activities
and some ways that I have incorporated them in the

1. Placemat
Students are grouped into any number that the teacher has
decided. The placemat can be divided as many times as the
teacher choses to. One division for each member of the
group. The main idea or topic goes in the center of the mat
and each member of the group writes something related
to that main idea or topic. The placemat is rotated clockwise
or counterclockwise and other members can reflect or
comment on the other group members' ideas. The teacher
will ask someone to share something from the placemat
they have created.
This activity can be used to:
-brain storm ideas
-Organize ideas
-share ideas
-Recap previous day's lessons or readings

2. Inside/outside circles
The idea is to form an inner and outside circle where
students are facing each other to facilitate discussion. The
teacher tells the students which way to rotate to allow
the students to share their ideas with more than one other
student. The teacher can stop and ask someone to share
what their partner said with the rest of the group. This
activity can be done outside or inside the classroom if space
This activity can be use to:
- brainstorm ideas
- share information
- debate
- ice breakers

3. Quiz, Quiz, Share

This is a fun way to introduce new vocabulary in a
small group setting that is engaging. The students can make
their own vocabulary cards and draw an illustration for
the definition. This is one suggestion for using this strategy.

Give each student a vocabulary card with picture definition

Partner students.

Partner 1 asks Partner 2 the definition of the word on her card.

Partner 2 answers. Partner 1 acknowledges a correct answer or gives the
answer if needed.

The process reverses with Partner 2 asking

the definitions.

After both vocabulary words have been defined, the

partners switch cards, find new partners, and the process
begins again.

4. Numbered Heads Together

The is another cooperative learning strategy that holds each
student accountable for learning the material. Students are
placed in groups and each person is given a number. The
teacher asks a question and students "put their heads
together" to figure out the answer. The teacher calls out a
number and the person with that number is responsible for
saying the answer that the group came up with together.
This is a fun way to get everyone to talk without having to
"pick" on individual students.
5. Grouping Strategy
Figuring out groups and setting up partner activities can
sometimes take time away from the activity; here is a
fun and easy way to make this task more meaningful and
provides a visual guide for our population of students. This
mat can be in place at the center of the table and the
teacher will prompt "work with your shoulder partner" and
the students will know who their partner is by referring to
the mat. This mat can be easily reproduced and adapted to
fit our specific classroom needs.