These Kagan style cooperative learning mats are a great resource for grouping the primary grades. You can place the mats in the center of your table pods. Each student will have a themed picture as well as a letter, and they will have two partners – a shoulder partner and face partner. Throughout the day, you can assign students to work with their shoulder or face partner depending on the task and encouraging partner talk/cooperative learning. The picture and letter assignments can be used for both table group roles and whole class roles (for example, treasure chests could be in charge of gathering supplies). I use the letter assignments to help choose who goes first in the partner talk or coaching situations.