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Affinity Grouping

This activity can help students break down a topic to identify and classify its parts.


  • First each student generates ideas about a specific concept and writes each item on a sticky note.
  • Then in small groups or one large group depending on number of attendees, sort and organize slips into categories on board or wall to identify common themes.
  • Have students create a heading for each grouping.
  • If using small groups have each group review each other’s or have them explain their categories.
  • Make sure students are only writing one idea per sticky note.