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Here are some ideas for having reading buddies from a different grade level.
Posted by:Cathy #84748

I did this once before, and it's great exposure for all the kids. After they got used to reading together, the kindergarten kids would do an oral "retelling". Now, of course, it will beshort and simple, but it works because the 3rd grader is able to write what their kindergarten partner says. The kindergarten students practices their language skills and the third grader practices writing. The kindergarten students love to see their "words" in writing. In time persists, or as a follow up, they could illustrate a picture together and make it into a class book.

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Posted by:sj #49402

I did some of this with a developmental first and fourth grade classes. I (the fourth grade teacher) wrote some how-to instructions for various art/craft activities. When paired, the 4th grader was to read the directions with the 1st grader and lead them through the activity, with both children making the craft item. Put into the position of teacher/guide, the 4th graders became intent on reading for full meaning and were awesome explainers and helpers for the younger ones. One project involved making a clown face from a chinet paper plate--punch a hole in the middle after coloring on the face, then attach paper ears and pull a balloon end through the hole to make the nose. These work-to-create sessions could be great culminators for buddies who finish reading a book on a related topic. The other teacher and...

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Posted by:Connie #63773

I have done this in the past and the way it works is that half of each class goes to the other room. I get half first and half fourth and the fourth grade teacher gets the other ones. Each has a book to read to one other students. I pair them up and a first grader reads to the partner and vice versa. It is great when the fourth grader can help a first grader with a word. Also the fourth grader can feel comfortable choosing a simple book to read to the first grader. It is a win win situation. A simple snack would make it special. The next time we do it the kids that came to my room went to the other room.

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Buddies are great!
Posted by:Lynne #21964

Having kindergarten buddies is an awesome thing to do for the little buddies and the big buddies. I am in my first year of teaching fourth grade and we go spend time with our kindergarten buddies every other Friday. You get to see a completely different side of your kids. You see kids who feel needed and appreciated and therefore show excitement and compassion. It is great! We have just read to them and with them some. They have also read books to us that their class has written. We are planning to have the kindergartners draw a few pictures and then have my fourth graders write a story and make a book from their buddies pictures. We are also thinking of writing biographies together. Just a few ideas. Hope this helps. I would love other ideas too.

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Posted by:Lynne #91476

A lot depends on what the 1st grade teacher would like also. I have 5th graders that are buddies to 1st graders and I learned that I had to train them what to do while reading with their buddies. I demonstrated what I'd observed them doing during one of the sessions. Then i had them answer what they could do to make a difference and what was wrong with it. They had good suggestions and I added to them. Then I had each student get a picture book like they might use with the 1st graders and practice with each other how to sit and hold the book so while they were reading to their buddies, the book was over more by the buddy. It's strange for them to hold their arms at such angles so the practice was good. I also went over what they should be doing...

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