I want my students held accountable for their contribution to a group without having to go over group roles *every* time we push desks together. I also found, however, that different projects require different roles. So I made something to solve my problem: Group Role Cards!
--Group Role Cards--
1. Print as many sets as you have groups
2. Laminate, hole-punch, and place each group set on a binder ring.
3. When students get into groups, hand out Group Role Cards and ask the group to assign what you need, whether that's specific group roles, a certain number of group roles, all the group roles, etc.
Group Role Cards can accommodate groups as large as eight with different roles for every person!
After two or three times using these Group Role Cards, you won't have to teach or introduce group roles each project; the students will know to pull these out and use them!
- The cards include descriptions of the responsibilities and verbal cues for students to successfully embody their role.
- The Disney and Pixar images offer a visual representation of the group roles, and you could change these symbols to really anything you want!
- Fully Editable
- No fancy fonts, so it will show up like this on your computer!
--Experience in the Classroom--
I have used these in a twelfth grade classroom AND a sixth grade classroom. I did not have to change the cards -- and teenagers loves the Disney references as much as the middle schoolers. When using with younger grades, I also use these cards as an opportunity to teach some key vocabulary. Finally, these cards work really well with group reflections because students can assess themselves and their peers against objective expectations listed on the cards.
I have also asked my own students to think of new symbols for each role. Many have enjoyed pairing athletes, TV characters, or each other to each role while maintained equal gender representation.