Thursday, March 14, 2013
Grouping Cards (FREE) for Your Classroom!
HERE) that the kids love. Just cut them out (and I laminate them so they stay nice). Each child gets one card. They look at their own card and then when I give the word, they show their card WITHOUT TALKING (brilliant, I know...) until they find the card (or cards) that matches their card. Once they find their partner they sit next to each other at my "gathering place" quietly so I know they are ready. The kids love it. I love it. It only takes a moment and it gets us moving. I have made my cards based on the seasons/holidays (and I also made some for insects since we study those too). If I ever teach upper-ele again, I might use synonyms on cards or other fun pairings that would interest the students.
I keep my cards in a simple pencil box. After my students find their partner, and sit down (at the gathering place), I have them share a quick idea or thought with their buddy while I pass the box along to collect the cards. It's been a great success in my room so I just thought I'd share!