To prepare for SU, HU, PU, I write out 12 different matches on half-index cards. If you're feeling really fancy, you could always type them...but hand-written cards work well, too. In terms of cards, phonics skills and grammar skills work really well (synonyms, antonyms, past/present tense verbs, plural nouns, possessive nouns) as do some math concepts (making 10, making 20, words/definitions).
Before each.and.every.round, we review the expectations. When I'm first teaching SU, HU, PU, I model and we practice. A LOT. This game can go 1 of two ways - a fun and interactive way to practice a skill or a ridiculous free-for-all. So, practice - a lot. (You can snag the poster here.)
This is a great time to practice those important 1st grade social skills. Greeting a friend, giving a kind high-five, making eye contact, listening, and taking turns.
As students are working to find their partner, I am circling the room making sure friends are following our guidelines. If I see something has gone wrong, I stop the class RIGHT AWAY to review and practice. The most common error?? Students waiting for their best friend to need a partner. We spend lots of time talking about how to partner with the 1st person you see with their hand up. We'll talk about our feelings, role play, and practice wrong...so we can empathize with someone we pass up!
general Kagan post and brain spills). If you use Kagan in your classroom, what are your favorite structures? What's your favorite skill to review with SU, HU, PU? I'd love to hear your ideas!