Like many of you I am working on little projects I have saved up over the course of the year that I just didn't have time for.
Today's share is something I have wanted for a long time, but didn't have: cards that do the grouping for me!
The reason I created this is because I am always grouping kids in different configurations to suit the purposes of the day's lesson, but I don't always have time to find a fancy tech gadget to do the grouping for me or the time it would take to upload my rosters into a website to sort each class.
Many of the online tools I have found that do this do not save the rosters for you, so it sort of defeats the purpose for me.
So, without any further ado here's a look at my Grouping Cards:
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(fabulous name TBD later)
- For groups of 8, group by the number on the card.
- For groups of 4, group by the color of the card.
- For groups of 3, group by the letter on the card.
- For groups of 2, group by the symbol on the card.
Do you need more options than that?
- Need groups of 6? Instruct 2 groups of 3 to join forces?
- Need 2 teams of 16? Instruct 2 groups to join forces by numbers (1 and 2 or 3 and 4).
- Need to switch from groups of 2 to groups of 4, but you don't want the original groups to break up? Have that group join a group with another symbol.
So, when you use these you have a couple of options. Here are some suggestions:
- Print these on card stock, in color and laminate. Or...
- Print a set for each class. Give each student his own card for the year.
- Print them as stickers and have students stick them on their binders, folders or book covers.
- Give a student a card and have him take a photo of it with his phone so he doesn't ever lose it.
- Make another set for yourself and write student names on them. Then draw them out of a jar to randomly call on students.