For example, I will show a video of four friends going to the movies. They buy tickets, popcorn, candy and in my state there is sales tax. The video will show someone dipping into his or her wallet of cash for each purchase. By the end of it, students are asking how much did all that cost? (After they ask what movie they were going to?) I feed them the information a little at a time, and they share that information with each other and progress as a group. In my experience, the ideal number of people in a group is four.
Here is how the process works:
Reader: This person reads the material from the text or the handout. The reader makes sure that everyone is working together.
No one likes to be reading out loud and have the people at their group talking. So the Reader makes sure everyone is listening when they read directions, prompts or questions. If they see someone starting to zone out, they gently bring them back to the group conversation using one of several sentences stems we have practiced in class. Once the information/question has been read then: