iFriends is a classroom management tool in a friendly cellphone format that allows kids to select partners during buddy work time. Flip phone, smart phone and tablet options are included. Here is how it works:
1. Have your students pair up in partners. They each write their partners name on the same number line. Ex. Cassie writes Jennifer’s name on line 2 and Jennifer writes Cassie’s name on line 2.
2. When the teacher says switch, repeat the process from step 2. Keep repeating until all 10 lines are filled up.
3. When you’d like your students to work with a partner have them get out their phones and call out a number. Whosever name is by that number is their partner for that assignment.
I like to make new phones every six weeks or so and have the kids assign different people to different numbers so they have a chance to work with other students.
I recommend laminating for durability so they do not get torn up so easily. My students keep these in the daily folders in their desks.
This has been a huge hit in my classroom and I hope it will be in yours too!
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