Cooperative Logic Activities for Grades
Written by Jan M. Goodman
If you could harness the cooperative potential of youngsters,
bring them together over puzzles in logic, and allow their social
dynamics to fall into place, you might have created Group
One of the most popular GEMS guides, this unit brings cooperative
learning to the fore in highly motivating ways, providing young
students with early and valuable experience in working and solving
In groups of four, students participate in more than 50 highly
involving, cooperative logic activities. Each student receives
a clue to a problem and must share the information with all
other group members to find the solution. The entire group is
responsible for resolving the problem, and the solution can
only be discovered by amassing and connecting all the clues.
This unit is particularly adaptable to the multilingual or ESL
classroom, allowing other-language speakers to use nonverbal
manipulative skills, and facilitating language and concept development
The sequel to this guide, Group
Solutions, Too!, presents another challenging group
of cooperative logic games using the same winning format.
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Spanish Translations of Student Sheets:
First 22 pages (3.51 MB pdf)
Next 23 pages (3.85 MB pdf)
Next 17 pages (2.81 MB pdf)
Next 17 pages (2.71 MB pdf)
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