Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pairs, Trios & Quads

A fun way to randomly group up kiddos:

I like to use many ways of putting students into pairs, trios or small groups: playing cards, student names on tongue depressors, etc.  I also like to then defend those pairings (if kids whine or aren't happy about them) by telling them "The Magic Jar picked your groups, not me." :)  

I recently decided to pull out this tub of connecting cubes and use them for putting kiddos into groups (of 2, 3 or 4).  I made rods of 4 cubes in an AB pattern and put them in a bucket and went around the room handing them out.  Then kids had to get up and find their matching rod(s).  It's worked really well and I will continue to use this method next year.

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