A great teacher strategy I love to use when I am working with a large group but need to divide them into smaller groups is called MINGLE.

  • Start out by yelling out random numbers and have students get in a group with that many student
  • EXAMPLE: If you shout 7 then everyone should get in groups of sevens – the odd person is out
  • Keep playing this until you have one or two people left.


If you need a particular number of students in each group try this:

  • Get a count of how many students you have altogether
  • Let’s say you have 25 and you need 5 groups
  • After you have played a few rounds tell the students you are going to play again, then yell out 5. You will then have 5 groups of five.
  • Of course you will not always have even groups but this will still group them up and then you can place the remainder with the group you feel is best.

Posted on April 2, 2015, in Ice Breakers, Instructional Activities, Teaching Thursday, Team Building Tuesday and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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