Are you tired of wasting precious classroom or planning time putting students into partners and groups? Do you want your students to work with a variety of people throughout the year but always end up having them count off or just work with the students closest to them? This product is for you!
At the beginning of the year, have your students complete this activity so all you have to do is roll a dice to put them in partners and groups! You Choose: Students choose their partner OR choose which number they will useCount off partner: The old standbySnowball partner: Half the students write their name on a scrap of paper and crumple it up into a snowball. The other half of the class stands in front of them. Everyone faces the teacher (so no one can just throw their snowball to their friend), and the students throw their 'snowballs' up into the air for the others to catch. Whoever's snowball they catch is their snowball partner.Number partner: Using a deck of cards, students pick a card and find the student with the same number as them. (you'll have to prep the deck to have the correct pairs of cards.)High-five partner: Play a song (I like 'Baby Shark') and have students move randomly around the room. When the music stops, they high-five the person closest to them.Antonym partner: Print off and cut out a list of antonyms. Have students pick one out of a container randomly, and find the person with the opposite word.
Groups: You Choose: Students choose their partner OR choose which number they will use.Teacher's Choice: Teacher can either pick the groups, OR choose which number students will use. Count off group: The old standby. Suit group: Using a deck of cards, students pick a card and find the students with the same suit as them. (you'll have to prep the deck to have the correct pairs of cards.) Need more than 4 groups? 1. Number clubs, 2. number spades, 3. number diamonds, 4. number hearts, 5. royal clubs, 6. royal spades, 7. royal diamonds, 8. royal hearts.Mixed Bag group: We use the small cards from our 6 Basic Animal Groups Signs listing (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/6-Basic-Animal-Group-Signs-4038664)Puzzle group: We do this one last, and use our Ferris wheel Stem challenge as the puzzle group's first activity. You could use any 4-5 piece puzzle, if you have them lying around! (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ferris-Wheel-STEM-Challenge-4067377)
Now you're all set! Simply roll a die when you need students in partners or groups, and the number determines which group they'll work with!
Suggestions:Have students with the same partner more than once? After each round, ask all the students with repeats to stand, and either swap partners or redo the round with just those students!We do this all in a single class period, but there's no reason you couldn't space it out, doing one at a time as you need partners or groups.