Clock Buddies or Learning Buddies is an easy way to pair up students. With this strategy there is no need to waste time in the classroom when students are trying to find a partner.
The strategy is easy to set up. Pass a Learning Buddy sheet out to every student in the class. First have students find a partner and make an appointment with that person. Once a student has found his or her partner, s/he will write the partner's name on the sheet at the appointed slot. Students will repeat this with new partners for each remaining slot until their sheet is filled up. Students may only have a partner's name written down on their sheet one time.
Learning Buddies is also content related. You can ask students to meet with their colony of New York partners or their colony of Virginia partners and practice content or skills while grouping students.