Index Cards with Stickers
index cards and put various stickers on them to form
groups. For example, if you have 21 students, make
one pack of cards with animal stickers that put
students in 7 groups of 3. Examples are 3 rhinos, 3
lions, 3 monkeys, etc. Shuffle the cards and walk
around the room, allowing the students to pick a
card. Let them look at it their cards, but they
shouldn't show anyone. Then, give the directions for
the activity. After that, the students should get up
and WITHOUT talking find the others in their group.
After they find each other they bring the cards to
the teacher. Bundle all of the cards up with a rubber
band, and make a top card to tell you that the set is
for 7 groups of 3. You can make other sets for other
group configurations, such as 5 groups of 4 (one
group has 5). Once you make them up and label the
cards, you can just pick which you want to use that
pass out UNO cards. You can have the students meet
with people of the same number, the same color, or
the same shape. Don't let them know in advance which
you are going to choose, and they will be less likely
partner activities, make a set of index cards with
famous up to date pairs on them. Pass them out to the
students and have them find their match. You can use
names like Bert and Ernie, Fred and Wilma, Curious
George and the Man with the Yellow Hat, Robinson
Crusoe and Friday, etc. Update those who may become
out of date each year and add popular ones to it.
Also, have at least one threesome in case you have an
odd number of pupils attending that day. You could
include Larry, Mo, Curly, etc. for this. The kids
love to see who they get and then have to do a little
thinking to find their match. You can also use this
for teacher inservices when you want the teachers to
do an activity together. This allows them to work
with someone different for a while.
each group, create a puzzle with the same number of
pieces as students to be in that group. Paste a
picture on a sheet of tagboard an laminate it. Cut
the pieces apart, use a permanent marker to mark the
number of students in the group on the back of the
pieces, and store them in a Ziploc baggie. When
it is time for a group activity, give each student a
puzzle piece. Then have them find the students with
the rest of the puzzle.
Deck of Cards
While I was completing
my student internship, my cooperating teacher used playing cards with
students names on them to randomly call on students. For a lesson one
day, I realized that I didn't want the students to group themselves and I
also didn't want just tell them who was going to make belong in a group.
So I just picked up the playing cards, shuffled, and dealt four cards.
Those students were in a group. They actually liked this. Of
course not as much as them picking their own groups, but they completed
their work in a timely and efficient matter and there were no feelings of
animosity towards me. It was great.
Submitted by Allisha Carter-Bagwell
Here is a great idea where students
have some control over choosing partners, but they don't end up with same
partner each time.