I have been playing with my color groups and providing more collaborative opportunities.  There is this transition after winter break that begs for more collaborative work.  The children are ready for the rich experiences of negotiation, problem solving, compromise and all the rich, juicy stuff of working with others!!

Each week I try to provide at least one collaborative piece for the children to work on.  This week as a quick transitional piece – each group worked together on a “doodle drawing.”

I had each group create a dancing dragon during the Chinese New Year unit.
Each group decided on their group “name.”  Everyone had to agree.  It took two days for the groups to finalize their names.  They decorated their group posters together.

What collaborative work do you have your students do?  I really want to expand what I do and would love to hear your ideas!

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