This is a great resource that allows kids to pick partners, but still allows the teacher to have some control over it.
Students will get different partners for each animal on their sheet. Then throughout the year, whenever a partner activity is needed, the teacher can simply ask students to go with their "bear partner" or "dolphin partner".
I have used this in my classroom for years and it works great! More detailed teacher directions are included.
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