I love grouping my French students for games, speaking activities or quick-shares, but I also want everyone working and all students to be included. Does that happen when students pick their own partners? Not always! So, in my class, I use student grouping cards in French class 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 is how I use these student grouping cards:
Each set contains a different theme, such as Parisian monuments, animals, French cities, or Francophone countries. Simply decide if you want groups of 2, 3, 4, or 5, pass out the cards, and have students find their groups.
It’s also an easy way to add a bit of culture to your classes. If a class is moving quickly, I take a few minutes to discuss interesting facts about some of the cities, monuments or countries. If we don’t have time that day, they at least found a partner and practiced reading and identifying a new word. We use the cards a lot, so there will definitely be time to discuss each topic during the year.
These grouping cards include a lot of variety, so you can pick what words work best for you!
So, how can you use these in your classroom? I use them on the first day of school to assign my seating chart! I laminate and then tape one of the pairs cards on the corner of each desk. I greet all students at my door on the first day, and I hand them a card that is a match for a pair taped onto a desk. They enter, find their seat, and voilà ! My seating chart is done. As I collect the cards, I have each student introduce him/herself and I fill in my paper copy.
These are also a super-quick way to form groups for games and speaking activities! Need some ideas for speaking or games? Check out these posts:
What about you? What do you love to do in groups? Do you let students pick their groups or do you pick? I’d love to hear your ideas below!