Clock Buddies worksheets help teachers get students into groups of two quickly for cooperative learning activities. Students make appointments with other students in the class. When you want to put students into groups, just say, "Find your 5 o'clock buddy." The students then quickly look at their sheet and find their partner. No more having to take the time to set up groups or have students wander the room looking for a partner.
Also included in the packet are alternatives to the classic clock buddies worksheet. Other worksheets included are:
- Square Root Buddies
- President Buddies
- Flag Buddies
- Periodic Table Buddies
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I do the popsicle sticks thing too. I still do it sometimes for something different but clock buddies definitely is faster.
November 4, 2012
I've used clock buddies before, but with only 4 groups and I used testing data to group them. 12 o'clock is similar scores and 6 o'clock is opposite scores. For 9 o'clock I match up top to medium and then go successively down the list. The 3 o'clock spot is for free choice partners. Thanks for the alternate options!
If you would like to get your students into groups for cooperative learning quickly, you say something like "Find your 4 o'clock clock buddy" or "Find your George Washington clock buddy." Prior to that, the kids walk around and write other students name next to each time, or president, etc. These are essentially appointments for your students instead of you taking the time to organize kids into groups. I use them in high school and the kids really like them. Every few days, someone asks "When are we getting into clock buddies next?"