In my classroom, I like to have the students work with their peers quite frequently. I feel that it allows them to learn from each other. It also gives me an opportunity to assess their learning and work more one on one with those students who need it.
In the beginning of the year, one of the first activities I do with my 7th grade students is this Partner Pairing activity. The students are given a “Famous Couples” chart with 12 “couples”. They then have some time to walk around the room and find another student to complete their “famous couple”. They are allowed to use a student only once, so it allows them to work with other students that they might not normally choose. I used to use the “Buddy Clock”, but felt it was a little too young for my 7th graders, so I tried creating a more “grown up” yet fun way to select partners. There are many different ways to have the students select their partners; this is just the way that works best for me. The reason why I use a chart is because the students glue it into their interactive Math copybooks. They have these partners all year. When I want to do partner work I choose one of the “famous couples”. Sometimes I have a student choose or take a class vote.
This download contains 2 variations of the activity. It contains my original “Famous Couples” chart and also 28 picture cards (14 pairs) that can be used instead, if you want to do the activity a different way. The students could each be given a card and then have to find their “pair” to work with.
I would suggest printing the cards on cardstock and laminating them for long term use.
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