This activity should be done in a large space with room to move around. The teacher calls out a characteristic or a category and tells people to move as quickly as possible, into a group of 2-4 that share that same characteristic. For example, “People who had the same thing for breakfast as you did” or “People who feel the same way about cats as you do” or “People who love history.” Call out the categories as quickly as possible so they are always moving (if they don’t find a group the first round, they will the next) and be sure to include categories that will include all students.
Variations & Alternatives
Make the topics related to what you are studying. For example, in math, “Can name a prime number and an odd number.” In research skills, “Knows what famous person is mentioned in chapter 10 of the history book.” A volunteer student can alternate with you in calling out the next group characteristic or category. After the Make a Group activity is over, have students summarize what they learned in their notebook.
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