Who is it for?
Teachers who use small grouping regularly and/or who like to call on students during class.
What is it for?
Card groups will facilitate student role assignment for projects, and break out groups. It also can generate randomized seating, and randomized student name generator (for calling on students during class discussions).
How do you use it?
Set out the mats in the center of a group of four desks or an area where four students can sit facing each other. Each student is assigned a card (2 of hearts, 3 of clubs, etc.). The table number will correspond with the card number. Thus table 1 are aces, table two are twos, etc.
Student Role Assignment…
During projects if you want to pre-assign roles for students, assign a role to each suit. Whoever has the suit has the role. For example if Peggy is the four of clubs and clubs are scribes then Peggy will be the scribe for her table.
Making Break Out Groups…
The suits of the cards can be used to divide students up into different groups. You can split the entire class up based on suit creating four groups (Clubs, Hearts, Diamonds, and Spades) or based on color (black suits and red suits) creating two groups. See Randomized Name Generator to find out how to make groups of any size.
If you want a randomized seating chart, hand students a card as they walk in. Their card determines their seat. The number determines the table and the suit determines the spot at the table.
Randomized Name Generator…
If you want to call on students randomly, keep that stack of cards and draw from it. The card you draw will correspond with a seat, whoever is in that seat must answer the question. In addition, you can use this same technique to create randomized groups of any size by drawing the number of cards you would like the size of the groups to be.
If you don’t want to use a place mat you can tape a card to each desk.