Wednesday, November 14, 2012

iFriends:A Partner Picking Method!


Have you ever given your kids something and their imaginations run wild and turn it into something completely different? Of course you have! That’s one of the best parts about our job right?!?

Well a few weeks ago I gave my kids new book marks. I love the “awesomes” that come out of their little mouths over something as simple as this! Anywholater that day, I noticed that the majority of my class had turned their new bookmarks into cell phones! They folded it in half, added their own buttons and pretended to talk to each other across the room. This inspired me to come up with “iFriends: a partner picking method”!
 
 iFriends allows your student to create their own cell phone and choose their top 10 favorite classmates that he/she would want to work with. When you want to pair your students up, have them pull out their cell phones and call out a number. Whoever they have listed as their favorite by that number is their partner for that activity! I quickly realized, since I only have 11 kids (they added an extra favorite!) is that if I called out “pair up with your number 4 favorite, that more one person will end up with the same partner. To solve that issue, I will say “the first 5 students to get out their cell phones gets to pick first”, or just pick a few who are sitting quietly and following directions. I then will call on a student and say “who is your number 6 partner” and they pair up, until everyone is happy! This is a great alternative to picking sticks, drawing cards or some other type of method and the kids really like it! They get excited to have their very own “cell phone” all to themselves and they still talk to each other on them, so cute! Click on the link below to check out iFriends in my TPT or TN store!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(I'm having issues hyperlinking my pictures...I've googled it and I can't seem to get it right. Can anyone help me??? If so, please send me an email! THANKS in advance!)

 What are some things your kids have used their minds to change into something completely opposite?

(I'm having issues hyperlinking my pictures...I've googled it and I can't seem to get it right. Can anyone help me??? If so, please send me an email! THANKS in advance!)

Only a few more days until Thanksgiving break! I think I canI think I canI think I canHave a good rest of the week everyone!

Ya’ll come back now ya hear!

Marcy :)

3 comments:

  1. I love this idea Marcy! We have done "life lines" before and the kiddos love that. I know they would go crazy about having a "cell phone" to use!

    I started following your blog about a week ago and love it...especially being a Texas teacher too! I would love for you to visit me if you get the chance.

    Let me know if you still need help with creating a link with your pictures...I might be able to help. =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  2. Heather,
    First let me start by saying I just read your latest blog post "25,200" and WOW that was inspiring! I love to hear from fellow Texas teachers! How do you use life lines? And YES I still need help trying to create a link to pictures and I am STRUGGLING! I have tried and tried and I just can't seem to get it to work! I would appreciate any help I could get!
    Thanks so much,
    Marcy

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