When I began my student teaching placement in fourth grade, I realized one important thing:
Kids learn from each other
Thus, the process of Reading Buddies started. Fourth graders and first graders were being paired based on who would work best together and the varied levels of reading were taken into consideration too. The first grade and fourth grade teachers began collaboration on what activities to include for buddy time. We knew that both the fourth and first graders would strengthen their fluency skills when reading to their buddy. AND why not add a little more fun to their school day? So, every Friday, reading buddies began meeting and taking turns on who read that week. Then, they were given opportunities to go outside, play games, or create drawings together.
Check out the video (on the left) to see what our time together looks like! You can also look at the activities we have done so far as well as what we have planned for buddy time at the end of this school year!