Reading Buddies | Reading Buddy activities

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This collection of Reading Buddy activities was created for multi-grade students to enjoy together throughout the year, along with tips and organizers to get your program rolling efficiently!

Included in this Resource:

  • a letter of invitation to become Reading Buddies from one teacher to another
  • class availability / time preference for buddy meeting form
  • a blank Reading Buddy pair-up list (PDF - non-editable)
  • What Reading Buddies Do, a full-color, seven page storybook lesson that can be used as posters to reinforce positive expectations for Reading Buddy time
  • Reading Buddies getting to know you coloring activity (includes six versions of partially completed Melonheadz 'Create-a-Kid' blacklines (3 big buddies, 3 little buddies; 2 girls, 2 boys, 2 generic)
  • Compare / Contrast Co-create Booklet (for Little Buddy to keep for familiar reading) to provide information for Big Buddy to fill in on page about Little Buddy (for future reference, projects etc.)
  • Reading Buddy notebook / scrapbook covers
  • Conversation starter tips for big buddies speaking to little buddies
  • two Venn diagram 'Getting-to-know' each other activities that compare the interests of the buddies (general interests, what kinds of books buddies like)
  • story follow-up activities for the Reading buddies to complete together (book review, 3 part organizer (beginning, middle, end), character, setting (so far...)
  • Halloween activity and card as shown in this post!
  • Thanksgiving story reading follow up activity and boy and girl versions of Thanksgiving card "I am thankful..."
  • graphic organizer to share winter holiday traditions and boy and girl versions of "Happy Holidays, Reading Buddy!" card
  • My favorite season compare / contrast
  • Working together for Earth Day
  • invitations and Reading Buddy mail label
  • end of year card - Thank you and have a good summer (be sure to say hi to me when we're back at school!) and more!

Read about The Benefits of a Reading Buddies Program here, and click here for Tips for starting a Reading Buddies Program in your classroom!

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