Life Cycle of the Butterfly
Divide students into expert groups for each stage: egg, caterpillar (larva), chrysalis (pupa), and adult. Provide groups with a simple explanation of the characteristics of the assigned stage.
Life Cycle of Flowering Plants
Second graders are often expected to apply what they have learned about animal life cycles to plants, as well. Expert groups for seeds, plant, flowers, and fruit will work well with the jigsaw strategy.
Help students understand the elements of a story by forming expert groups for characters, setting, problem, and solution of a story the class has read together. Alternatively, to reinforce sequencing in a plot, divide students into beginning, middle and end groups.
Biography: George Washington
Second grade social studies topics usually include historical leaders of the country. Form groups of experts to explore Washington’s childhood, time as commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Army, presidency, and time as a “gentleman farmer" after leaving the presidency.
States of Matter
Form expert groups for solids, liquids, and gases, and allow the groups to focus on the characteristics of each state.
Divide students into expert groups for complete sentences, capitalization, and end punctuation. When team members return to home groups, each expert first reviews the lesson with the rest of the group and then practices it by checking the writing of each person for his or her area.
Expert groups take on the dictionary definition, synonyms, antonyms, and a meaningful sentence to share with the home group members. For second grade, use “words that mean the same" and “opposites," if the other terms are too advanced for the particular class.