Mixing It Up    

In my workshops teachers have shared really great ideas for getting students into groups.  Here is one of my favorites:

 A Deck of Cards

Hand out a card to each student at the beginning of class.  Tell students to form the following groups in the following ways:

To form:

Tell students:

Pairs Find a student with a different colored suit.For example:   Heart + Spade
Pairs or small groups Find student with the same number.For example:  7 of Clubs + 7 of Hearts
Pairs or small groups Find students  with numbers that add up to a total.For example:    4 + 7 + 3 = 14
Groups of four Find one student from each suit.For example:   Heart + Spade + Diamond + Club
Pairs to large groups Find students with matching suits.For example:  Diamond + Diamond + Diamond
Pairs to groups of 5 Find students with odd numbers.For example: 5 + 7 +  3
Pairs to groups of 5 Find students with even numbers.For example:  2 + 4 +  8

 Multi-level Classes

  • To sort students by level, give low-level and high-level students distinctly different types of cards (for example: a number card vs. a face card).
  •  To create same–level groups tell students to find someone with a similar card (for example: number card + number card).
  •  For mixed-level groups, have students find someone with a different card (for example: face card + number card).
  • For large multi-level groups have students play “Black Jack” and find enough students to add up to 21.

The Benefits

  • Students learn the terms for playing cards.
  • It is not an obvious assignation of level.
  • It works in a large class.
  • There are myriad ways to mix and match.

More Posts about Multilevel Teaching

The Multilevel Teacher:  Creating a Common Classroom Experience http://wp.me/pMYto-b0

Multilevel Dictation Handout  http://wp.me/pMYto-8z

Conversation Cards:  A Warm-up Activity  http://wp.me/pMYto-8d

Building Better Learners:  The Teacher’s Worksheet  http://wp.me/pMYto-a8