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Puzzle Piece Table Seats

Looking for a new way to help place your students in new groups? Take a look at this fun idea!
Happening today in Cathy’s classroom:

My student teachers had a great idea for my classroom today that I thought I would share!

Our students were in need of new table seats.  My student teachers created the groups and then put student names on a large piece of construction paper.  Each name on the paper was written in the same color.

Because we have six tables, there were six papers, each written with a different color of marker.

My student teachers then cut apart the construction paper into puzzle shaped pieces.

They gave each student their piece and students had to find their group.

The kids LOVED this idea!

They had so much fun and when they were together in their new groups, my student teachers had each group make a name for their table and they introduced the idea of table points to encourage good behavior.

This was an engaging activity that got the students excited about something that can be a hassle. It started students off in their new groups with an activity that encouraged them to cooperate. What a great start!

As an extension, you could have your students decorate their completed puzzles to hang as a table group sign.

Thanks Kellie Wood & Amanda Rush!

Sheri Nevill

Saturday 23rd of August 2014

When I've done this with my students, I've written their names smaller on one side of the paper and then had them put their pieces together and decorate them to form a "group flag" that represented themselves, including a group name.


Tuesday 12th of August 2014

Fun idea to try! I am sure the kid will love this! Thanks! April

Bettina McCoy

Thursday 18th of July 2013

I can't wait to try this idea in August!

Valerie Loggins

Thursday 30th of May 2013

I like this idea. This will be a great ice breaker for the beginning of school.

Laurie Foote

Tuesday 9th of October 2012

This is a fabulous idea. I tried it with my class today. Thanks for sharing!