RECENTLY UPDATED: NOW TWO VERSIONS! One with the NW, SW, NE, SE for more group options. One with just North, South, East, and West for smaller classrooms and less group needs!
This an easy and versatile way of choosing partners and groups in the classroom.
Each student gets a compass where they will write down their compass cohorts. North and South has the option of two names to make a group of 3 (this is great for odd numbered classrooms and when a small group is needed over partners.
Based on your needs you could: 1) have the students choose their own partners 2) You choose students partners 3) You choose some partners based on needs and abilities and have open choice on others for students to choose.
Enjoy and don't forget to share the love and leave some feedback! I love to hear how your students are enjoying and learning!! :)
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