Buddy Reading: Buddy Reading

 
 
 
Buddy Reading
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Collaborative Student Groups

Buddy Reading

Buddy Reading is a research-based fluency strategy I use with readers who lack fluency. In this strategy, my students read aloud to each other. More fluent readers can be paired with less fluent readers, or students who read at the same level can be paired to together. Buddy Reading can be used with any book since students can take turns reading by sentence, paragraph, page, or chapter.

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This "Buddy Reading Coaching Sheet" offers students different coaching strategies for comprehension and fluency, as well as pre-reading, during reading, and after reading activities. I usually laminate this or place it in a sheet protector so that Buddy Readers can refer to these strategies quickly while reading nonfiction and fiction texts together.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This document describes how to pair students for Buddy Reading. It also includes guidance for teaching Buddy Reading to students.
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This "Buddy Reading Coaching Sheet" offers students different coaching strategies for comprehension and fluency, as well as pre-reading, during reading, and after reading activities. I usually laminate this or place it in a sheet protector so that Buddy Readers can refer to these strategies quickly while reading nonfiction and fiction texts together.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This document describes how to pair students for Buddy Reading. It also includes guidance for teaching Buddy Reading to students.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Number of Students: 26 students

Number of Adults: one teacher; various other adults support during specific times (e.g., Blended Learning Coordinator, Special Education Teachers, etc.)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 60 minutes--two 30  minute rotations (Math Block)

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Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: Lenovo ThinkPads (1:2 ratio); SMARTboard; Document Camera; iPad (for teacher)

Key Features: station rotation; student agency


 
 
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