This is a traditional "jigsaw" activity. Students are assigned either the number 1 or 2. All students assigned as #1 will read one article and all students assigned as #2 will read the second article. They will take notes about the article individually on page 3 of the packet under the column title that corresponds with the article they read (either weathering or erosion).
Some students are slower readers than others or may struggle with comprehension, so after allowing time for individual reading and note-taking, have students get together with 1 or 2 other students who read the SAME article and compare notes with one another and discuss the article.
Then, match #1 students with #2 students. In a lower-level class, it might be a good idea to form groups of 4 with 2 students from each group. Have students TEACH each other about their article topic. The "students" will take notes as the "teachers" discuss the article. I remind my students before starting this activity that good teachers ask follow-up questions to check for understanding and don't just read off of a sheet of paper.
Once both sides have done the "teaching" and the "learning", have students use their notes to begin filling out the venn diagram (page 4), using their critical thinking skills.
After students have had several minutes to get started on the venn diagram, come together as a class, pull up the document on your projector screen, and put together a version of the venn diagram that reflects ALL of the ideas in the class.
I use this at the START of the unit for my gifted kids and at the END of the unit for my on-level students (this gives them a lot of background information to use when completing the activity).
Packet: 4 pages- 2 articles (1 about weathering, 1 about erosion), individual notes sheet, venn diagram
Created by: MsParadise