Looking for a unique tool to organize your students into multiple flexible learning groups?
Cooperative learning is all about getting your students engaged! However, using an effective grouping technique is an important aspect. Over the years, in my own classroom, I started creating sets of desk tags that included multiple symbols to offer flexibility for a variety of instant grouping techniques. The grouping strategy cards in this pack are reminiscent of the ones I’ve used for many years. They include several of the symbols I used to group my students plus a few new additions.
Based on the symbols on the grouping strategy cards, the students can be grouped in the following ways: by table, number, color, shape, facing student, adjacent student, letter, or number and letter. (See the preview for an illustrated example.)
This pack is designed to be used with a class of 32 students; however, since classes are rarely the perfect size, with a little advance thought and preparation, the strategy cards can be made to work with any size group.
To Use the Grouping Strategy Card:
1. Consider the students' everyday seating arrangement to be home base.
2. Place a strategy card in the center of each group or table.
3. Each student then uses the symbols on the portion of the strategy card nearest to him or her to determine his/her group for the next activity.
4. From here, after completing the activity, students can return to home base or use the strategy card at their current location for a new group if needed.
This pack includes 8 grouping strategy cards which will create 8 flexible grouping strategies to be used with 32 students.
I hope this product provides a variety of instant groups for your classroom!- The Routty Math Teacher
Grouping Strategy Cards for Multiple Flexible Grouping Schemes
by Shametria Routt Banks
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
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