The classroom rug is a learning environment within a learning environment. It is the best place for strategic partner talk in Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade. The importance of the seating chart on the classroom rug plays a big role in classroom management here. Once I have students in the second and fourth row facing their partner, I pass out "Talking Sticks." They are pictured below. The idea came from a book called, "Structured Language Practice." In our district, we nicknamed all the wonderful strategies in the book as "slips." (More on that later)
|Talking Stick - Structured Language Practice|
Yet another version of talking stick is plastic microphones from a local dollar store or the dollar bins at Target. Same rules, different realia. I like to keep things different for my kinders. To them the slightest change is like a whole new ballgame.
|Kindergarten Partner Talk -|
|Partner Talk - Select a partner by matching the sticker|
Covers! Yet another way to sort Kindergarten students into pairs is with thematic hats!
|Partner Talk in Kindergarten -|
Thematic Hats with adjustable
elastic band and brads
|Partner Talk Hats -|
Match Snails to the
Update July 9th : I just returned from my local Dollar Tree store and found these 3 gems.
|Partner Talk Cards (and Hats)|