When I was in elementary school, my class was always partnered with another class so we could do “Reading Buddies.” My school always partnered a younger grade class with an upper grade class so we could get together and read each month. This provided us a unique opportunity to read to/listen to another student. Each kid was assigned a kid from the other class and we were partners the whole year. We occasionally did a craft or something with our reading buddies as well. Anyway, it was fun to get to know my partner as the year went on.
This inspired me to make 2 little “get to know you” pages that teachers can use within their own classroom or between classrooms of students in an arrangement like “Reading Buddies.
Here’s a great way to arrange 12 partner options for each student BEFORE you need it! Print this page on a sheet of colored card stock (so it’ll last the entire semester/year). Tell students to make an appointment with 12 different people (one for each hour on the clock). Be sure they both record the appointments on their clocks. Tell students they can only make the appointment if there is an open slot at that hour on both of their clocks. Then when you need to do partner work, you can call out “10 o’clock buddy!” and everyone will know who to go work with.