So I was blessed to have a great swap for this little teacher-sharing extravaganza!
Big hugs to Jessica over at Mrs. Standford's Class for hosting this event and also to Michelle at 3am Teacher for using her talents in making our link button :) Visit the rest of the swappers to see other phenomenal products reviewed by teachers!
Below is the wonderful (and useful for all age groups) product I received from Heidi at My (Not So) Elementary Life. Heidi is a newlywed (awwwww!) and loves to use her creative juices to share her ideas with the world. She is big on classroom management and she has much to share in the way of knowledge as well as products. Her blog is full of ideas for ways to make your class run smoothly.
Here is one of her genius tools forming cooperative learning groups:
Ever heard of "Clock Partners"? Well if you haven't, it's a way to group students into hetero/homogeneous groups.
Now, I printed these graphics (I printed two pages per sheet because I have older students and they can handle the small print). There are two "clock" versions in the set so plenty for a class. You can say, okay, I want all the 1, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock kids to make a group. Or if you have them leveled you can say, "1 and 2 o'clockers meet me on the carpet for small groups." And they don't know the difference. You can also, group kids in pairs and say, "Meet with your clock partner." And they can be grouped as peer/mentor or as students who have the same interests, learning styles, random, whatever. The options are endless.
Here are a few screen shots of what I printed (my pages are currently in line at the laminator *crossing my fingers they will get done before school begins*). Again, I printed two pages per sheet which makes the cards smaller. There are a total of 60 cards per set and there are two sets in the pack. Here is one page from the clock partners:
There are also cards for making pairs - Adorable, right?? And there are more pairs!!
Or for making small groups! Students find their matching animal and each animal is a different color. Or for larger groups, have the students find their matching color instead of animal.
So head over to Heidi's TPT store and download your copy ASAP!! And if you're not a follow of hers already, you should check her out her blog!
Thanks Heidi for creating such an easy to use tool for grouping (and super cute too)!