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Carousel Expert Groups- Collaborative Group Project

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A collaborative and fun activity that promotes student engagement and holds ALL students accountable! This group project works with any subject/content area.

*Includes all materials you will need to complete this project! :)


1.) Number off all students 1-5

If there are an uneven amount of students to make perfect groups of 5, that is okay!

2.) Once all students are numbered off, students get into groups according to their number. (All 1’s group together, 2’s and so on…)

3.) Students will work in these expert groups to create a project and become an expert on the content you assign them.


Let’s pretend you have assigned a Social Studies chapter titled “The American People” for students to review. In this chapter there are 4 different sections-

1. Out of Many, One

2. Our Varied Population

3. Where We Came From

4. One Nation

Each expert group will be assigned one section to create a poster on. Depending on the amount of students in your class, there may be two expert groups on the same section and that is okay! In these expert groups assign each student a letter. (A. B, C, D, E) If there is an extra student in a group due to an uneven number of students, two students may share a letter. Each letter represents the following specific job for that student to complete-

A: Title & Resource

B: Vocabulary Words

C: Summary

D: Real World Connection

E: Illustration

I suggest assigning letters based on individual student needs. I teach 5th grade in a low poverty school and have some students at a 1st grade level. Therefore, I would assign a lower level student letter A or E. This way, students are still able to complete a part of the project based on their level and still be held accountable. For higher level students, I recommend assigning letters C or D since they are more difficult. If there are any students sharing a letter due to an uneven number of students you may want them to share letters C or D since these letter jobs are more complex. Give each group all 3 pages in this document. These 3 pages will be used to create their expert group poster!

Now the fun begins! The carousel groups! You are to now split up the expert groups into one last set of new groups according to the letter jobs previously assigned. All of the A’s will now form a new group, B’s, C’s and so on! Hang up each expert group poster in a different area of the classroom and assign the letter groups to a poster. See below example. Set a timer and give each group 5 minutes until it’s time to follow the arrows and rotate to the next poster. Each student will get a chance to present. When a student gets to the poster they created, they will present their poster to their new group. As each group rotates to new posters, all students will complete a note catcher to ensure active listening during the presentations.

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