I love grouping students for games, speaking activities or quick-shares, but I also want all students working and all students to be included. Does that happen when students pick their own partners? Not always! So, in my class, I use grouping cards ALL THE TIME!
They are great for randomly forming groups of 2, 3, 4, or 5 and I use them to introduce vocabulary and culture without direct instruction. Here’s what topics I like to use:
–Monuments and sites of Paris
My pairs cards are all French cities, so students get exposure to a large variety of cities. If a class is moving quickly, I take a few minutes to discuss interesting facts about the city. If we don’t have time that day, they at least found a partner and practiced reading and identifying a new word. We’ll use the cards a lot, so there will definitely be time to discuss each topic during the year. My Teachers Pay Teachers Resource includes 22 cities so you can pick what is best for you!
My groups of 3 are animals. I have chosen a few well-known animals such as le chat or le chien, but I have avoided animals where kids might make fun of a group (such as la vache or le cochon). I have many back-up cards, so if there is an animal I’d rather not use, I can always put that group to the side and pick another! There are 37 animals included, so you can always select what works best!