I love opportunities for collaboration and I can justify the value in brain breaks, but some days you're losing so much time that none of that seams within reach.
Last year, I incorporated match cards into my classroom and it has revamped transition time for me.
Whether random or intentional, this bundle of 8 card sets allows you to group students for any activity by getting them up and out of their chairs. At the most basic level, students just have to find their match. The card sets are varied in difficulty, some including images and some requiring logical connections, but all easy to cut out and ready for your laminator.
The card sets are written for class sizes as large as 30 and can be used to form pairs, trios, quads, or small groups ranging from 5-9.