Sample Exercise from Primary Helpkit

Sample Lesson: Cooperative Learning

Jigsaw activities are designed to emphasize positive interdependence among students. A jigsaw lesson is created by dividing information to be mastered into several pieces and assigning each member of the cooperative group responsibility for one of those pieces. Students become experts on that one aspect of their unit study. They are responsible for "teaching" the information to their teammates and adding their piece to the jigsaw puzzle. This type of activity ensures that students become positively interdependent on each other to complete the assignement. Each individual feels important because he or she holds a key to the solution, and the other group members actively encourage him or her to share it.

Logic problems can easily be divided into jigsaw activities by separating the various pieces of information and clues. The following logic problem is first presented as a whole, then split into a jigsaw activity.
Jigsaw Logic Problem I
Marie, David, and Luc got report cards yesterday. Each student received only one A and each was in a different subject: either mathematics, English, or history. The subject in which each student got the A is his or her favorite subject. From the clues below, tell which subject is each student's favorite.
1. Marie's favorite subject is the one David hates.
2. Luc knows all the times tables and loves long division.
3. David got a D in history.


  • Luc got an A in math (clue 2).
  • Marie got an A in history (clues 1 and 3).
  • David got an A in English (process of elimination).