Beginning of Year Resources: Pick a Partner Cards for Random Pairing of Students

Beginning of Year Resources: Pick a Partner Cards for Random Pairing of Students
Beginning of Year Resources: Pick a Partner Cards for Random Pairing of Students
Beginning of Year Resources: Pick a Partner Cards for Random Pairing of Students
Beginning of Year Resources: Pick a Partner Cards for Random Pairing of Students
Beginning of Year Resources: Pick a Partner Cards for Random Pairing of Students
Beginning of Year Resources: Pick a Partner Cards for Random Pairing of Students
Beginning of Year Resources: Pick a Partner Cards for Random Pairing of Students
Beginning of Year Resources: Pick a Partner Cards for Random Pairing of Students
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This set of 50 cards can be laminated and cut apart. Store on a ring or keep rubber banded in a safe spot for easy access!

These cards will help you to allow students to randomly choose partners in class. You can pass these cards out to the students and have them find their match. I have students use these like they would in the Kagan cooperative learning structure "Mix-and-Matchâ€. This allows students to not only choose a partner randomly, but it also allows them to get up and move around! To use, pass one card to each student (if there is an uneven number, place the extra card in the "unmatched areaâ€). Have the students spread out in the room. Then, play some music or say a chant or something as a class. While the music is playing, have students walk around and trade cards (I always go over my expectations when it comes to this - students are to be constantly moving and constantly trading). When the music stops, students freeze. When you say, "Go!â€, the students will try to find their match. When students find their match, you can either have them sit knee-to-knee, hand up/pair up, or stand back to back. They can then go do whatever it is you want them to do as a pair! If you have an odd number of students, and a player's match is in the "unmatched areaâ€, you can then just have him/her join a group or be your helper/checker. Let me know if you have any questions!

**Created by Mrs. Kilby at Confessions of a Primary Teacher
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