I do not assign spots on the rug to my second graders, and I have noticed that they always sit next to the same people, no matter how much I encourage them to do otherwise. So, I came up with “rug buds” to add a little variety to rug time. Rug Buds has worked well in my classroom because my students feel like they chose their seatmates, but it still forces them to mix up their regularly-chosen seats.
Here’s how it works:
1. Have students fill out their “Rug Buds” cards. There are many different ways to do this – I had my students walk around the room and choose their own partners for each bud. For Rug Buds to work, it is important to make sure that when students agree on a partner, they write each other’s names for the same bud on their cards.
2. Hang the “Rug Bud” cards on the wall, tape the smaller versions onto students’ desks, or put them somewhere in your room where they will be quickly accessible.
3. When it’s time to gather on the rug, call out one of the “buds.” Have students meet up with their partner for that bud and find a seat together on the rug.
Other Uses: turn and talk partners, math game partners, partners of any kind!
This pack includes: Rug Buds cards (large and small). One set has the "buds" that I call in my classroom filled in and the other set is blank, which allows you to write in your own "buds."