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Popsicle Sticks


Found in: pairing and grouping

For each of my classes, I write student names on popscicle sticks. I color code sticks by period and place them in a period bucket. I use the sticks in many ways. When doing 'drill and kill' oral activities, it makes it easy call on all students. If a student doesn't seem to understand, I put that stick back in the bucket to call on him/her again. When grouping students, I use the sticks to see how each group will look. Sometimes I let students pick partners by using the sticks. If I have an errand to run, I let the sticks choose the errand runner. When I am planning a new seating chart, I use the sticks. If I need to choose one child for a job or volunteer, I use the sticks. My random 'pupil finder' is a big hit in my classes because everyone knows they have an equal chance of being picked.

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