Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Scoop on Groups

Woo to the hoo!  I'm so excited to be a contributing author of Me and My Gang
What a great place to come together as 2nd grade teachers and share our ideas, our successes, and our funny stories.  Of course, if you don't teach 2nd grade, you'll find AMAZING ideas there that you can easily tweak for your grade level. 

So since a bunch of us 2nd grade bloggers have come together at Me and My Gang to form a group, I thought my first post there should be about grouping.  I'm sure you've heard that "organizing students in heterogeneous cooperative learning groups at least once a week has a significant effect on learning."  Marzano sure knows his stuff!  Research has also shown that "low-ability students perform worse when grouped in homogeneous ability groups." (Kulik & Kulik)

As a classroom teacher, sometimes I forget all of the wonderfully fun ways there are to break my little rocket scientists into groups.  So to solve that problem, I compiled a bunch of grouping strategies and made a set of Grouping Cards.  These cards are going to help me quickly remember ways to break my kiddos into groups.  Most of them require minimal preparation that can be done once and then used again and again.  Here's how...


Print on card stock.

Laminate and cut out.  Punch a hole in the top left corner if you want to put them on a binder ring (which I will do when I get to my classroom).

You're ready to go!

There are a couple of web sites you might want to check out which I highlighted on two cards (on page 4).  For Clock Buddies, go here.  For Collaboration Cards, go here.

You want some of these, don't ya?  OK.  Please become a follower of Me and My Gang and I Love 2 Teach if you're not already.  Like us on Facebook too...just look for our FB links on the right side.  If you're a blogger, then why don't you go ahead and grab our buttons while you're at it?
Grab the Grouping Cards for free {here}.

64 comments:

Inspired Writing Teacher said...

These are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!!!

=)Beth
http://inspiredwritingteacher.blogspot.com/

Laura624 said...

Thanks for sharing! These will come in handy for putting my kids in groups this year :)

Mrs. Slyter said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Sheena said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower thanks to Me and My Gang... :)

Learning in 2nd Grade

Kristen said...

Love these! Thank you!

Sandra Maddox said...

Thank you!

Julie said...

These are awesome!! I think I'll make several copies and make this my back to school present to my grade level co-workers!!
Thanks!!
Julie
Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

Alysia Battista said...

LOVE these ideas!!!
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Mark said...

Nicely said, Not bad at all! Interesting piece of information. I find it to be honest, useful and fresh so thank you so much for posting this! all the deals

SunnyDays said...

These are incredible!
Thanks for sharing :)

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Sunny Days In Second Grade

♥ S. said...

Thank you SO much! These are awesome! I'm student teaching in third right now, and my teacher doesn't do much in the name of grouping, but I have found it helps the class out a LOT! But, I've been running out of ideas...and these are going to be AWESOME!

Thanks again!

birdlady said...

These are great! I am unable to l use the links on clock buddies andcollaboration cards. What am I doing wrong?

Lisa Warner said...

These are fab, thank you for sharing.
Lisa
Fieldhead Carr
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http://www.year4blogspot.blogspot.co.uk/

Yvonne Dixon said...

Love these. Thank you for sharing!-Yvonne Dixon (Sassy in Second)

Cindy in Wisconsin said...

Great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing these!

Diane said...

Just stumbled upon your site and found these! Great ideas...thanks!

Diane

jodi said...

Thank you!! During my evaluations this year one of the things my principal and I discussed were grouping students in different ways not always by ability! Thanks for sharing!
Jodi
Southernsweetieinsecond.blogspot.com

Martin said...

Thank you so much for this great idea! I am always looking to make quick groups for fun little activities. I LOVE this!

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