The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

Reading Buddies, Take Three!

When I first started working at Wiley, I teamed up with one of the other new teachers, who was with a second grade class, for buddy reading. This involved my fourth graders going down to the second grade classroom and paired up to listen to their young buddies read aloud. There is a large amount of research that shows that buddy reading is incredibly beneficial to students as it helps them improve their oral reading fluency.

Last year the other teacher moved to first grade and we continued to partner with her class. Because she had a rather small class, we actually partnered with two of the three first grade classes. It was quite successful. Unfortunately, due to enrollment changes, our building lost one of the first grade classrooms, so the second teacher got a building transfer, but the other teacher and I decided to partner up again this year.

Today was the first day we met as reading buddies. I had initially expected to do some community building with our first grade buddies, but they were all set to read right away, and so we paired them up and they got started!







I’m looking forward to another year of buddy reading!


2 responses

  1. Nicole Tami (Lumina's mom)

    A positive way to build leadership skills and connect younger and older students. Perhaps it might be useful to provide the fourth graders with some guidance on what to do or say if their reading buddy does not want to read. We talked about this a bit at home. Helping the older students understand how to give positive encouragement and ways to manage a child who might not be as focused would be valuable.

    August 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    • Yes, I will be teaching a lesson each Wednesday morning before we go to our reading buddies to learn strategies and practice being good listeners! 🙂

      August 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm

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