Reflection: Lesson Planning Buddy Addition Book - Section 2: Independent Practice


Could this “big buddy” activity work without buddies in an older grade?  Sure!  It would be a little tricky, though.  Kindergartners would have to be partnered with each other, which can be tricky considering our social development.  The tendency for one partner to “take over” and dominate the activity is much greater.  Additionally, it is possible that two beginning kindergartners could work together, thinking they have correct answers when they are both adding incorrectly.

It’s tricky, but not impossible.  I would create buddies based on personality and children’s ability to work together.  The most unique children would likely be my buddies, and we would do at least some of our work as guided practice.

During the independent practice portion, I would establish a “check in after every problem” system so that students don’t get too far with inaccurate calculations or other mistakes.  The partners would complete a problem, then walk over to show their work to me.  It would not be quite as easy, but it could work.

If you could possibly work with a class of older “buddies,” however, my colleague and I have really found that it is truly beneficial for both groups of students.  My students had wonderful mentors and student models to help with addition.  The second graders got practice with speaking and listening skills in a real-world situation.  The benefits are felt by both grade levels!

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Buddy Addition Book

Unit 2: Addition to 5
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: SWBAT work with a partner to take turns creating, illustrating, and solving addition problems.

Big Idea: My class is lucky to have 2nd grade buddies, who help us make addition books. I have listed an option to create partners within your own class, as well.

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