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Dance Card
Adapted from Spencer Kagan's "Cooperative Learning: Resources for Teachers"

A METHOD FOR MATCHING PAIRS

1. The dance card has three or four numbered line (see sample below). Each person gets a dance card and puts his or her name on it (to avoid confusion during trading).

2. Each person approaches someone else. The pair exchanges cards and each writes his/her own name in space 1 of the partner's card, and returns the card to the original owner.

3. The procedure is repeated for lines 2, 3, and 4 for different partners.

4. At the end, all of the spaces on the dance card have partner names on them. (Note: It is critical that pairs sign in the same space! Not having both names can lead to Multiple partners for the same task and much confusion.)

5. After the dance cards are completed, questions or tasks are given our that correlate to each line. Participants change partners as they complete the set of tasks for the activity. For example, they might work on one problem with the first partner, then move on to the second partner for a new problem. The fourth position on the card can also be used as a summary or synthesis discussion of the first three.

 

Dance Card

This card belongs to: ____________________________

 

1. ________________________________________________

1. ________________________________________________

2. ________________________________________________

1. ________________________________________________

3. ________________________________________________

1. ________________________________________________

4. ________________________________________________

1. ________________________________________________

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