Directions: Put your desks in groups. The number of desks in the groups can vary depending on the number of students you have in your class. In one class, for example, I have 27 kids, so I do 6 groups of 4 and 1 group of 3. You will have to take out cards if you have fewer than 4 kids in a group.
Copy the number cards on cardstock, laminate, and cut.
Copy the signs on brightly colored cardstock and laminate.
On the back of each sign, I label it with a letter (see below) and write in pencil the numbers that go with that sign. On the back of each number, I write the letter of the matching sign. It makes it easier to check and sort.
Put one sign on each group of desks.
Line the students up outside the door, and give each kid a number card. When they enter the room, they have to figure out which group they will sit in. I do it several days in a row, and after they get the hang of it, I let them race to see what group can form the quickest.
Just a classroom management tip: Students tend to line up in the hallway next to their friends. For that reason, I mix the cards up before distributing. They tend to be less distracted and more engaged when they are not sitting with all of their best friends – lol!