Included in this zipped file are ten four-piece puzzles of continents and oceans. Students are given one puzzle piece when they enter the room and have a set time limit to find classmates with the other three pieces that complete their puzzle! Students then need to find the set of tables that match their picture or continent/ocean name (teacher's choice, both desk labels are included).
This grouping activity will help you put your students in random groups of four while also reviewing/refreshing their knowledge on continents and oceans! I have found this technique useful for get-to-know-you activities, occasional classroom team building and project grouping (with a bit of tweaking once I see who has landed where).
*All maps are unlabeled and come in BOTH black/white and color
-Set of 10 group labels with continent/ocean name
-Set of 10 group labels with a picture that matches the puzzle
*BOTH black/white and color options available for print
1. The Productive Struggle: When you hand students their puzzle piece, don't tell them what to do with them. Have a timer counting down and when the bell rings remind them how much time they have left to get into their groups. When they ask you what they are supposed to be doing respond with a shoulder shrug and "I don't know." If you have never tried this technique, it is awesome!
2. Throw them for a loop: Once you do this activity a few times students catch on and start plotting how they can be grouped with their friends. Once all the students have their puzzle together have them flip their piece over and see their number. Then: a)have all the 1's go to one corner, the 2's to one corner, etc. and make groups out of each of the four groups or; b) "randomly" make groups by choosing one person from each of the four groups.