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:
|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|
- 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.
- 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.
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