Book Buddies

What are Book Buddies? This is when students in an upper grade (e.g. 4th) pair up with students from a lower grade (e.g. 1st). You will probably want to have at least 2-3 years between the age of the students. The teachers decide how often they want the classes to get together. When they meet, students can do a number of things together:

  • Read books
  • Work on writing projects
  • Create technology-related projects
  • Complete seasonal arts & crafts activities
  • Take part in cooking projects
  • And anything else you may think of!

Below you will find a variety of activities you can use with your Book Buddies!

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Buddy wreath bulletin board
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  • Buddy Wreath Grades Any
    A fun way for students to reflect on their time with book buddies. Each student traces and cuts out their handprint on green construction paper. On the hands, students write why they enjoy reading with their younger/older book buddy. Attach the hands to a piece of white butcher paper in the shape of a wreath. Attach a bow. This could also be used with other subjects.
    Submitted by: Jennifer
  • falling into a good book bookmark dig into a good book bookmark love reading bookmark nuts about fantasy bookmark
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  • Bookmarks
    These are fun and easy bookmarks! To make the bookmarks you see below, I checked out the "mini" Ellison die cuts from my district media center. I had a parent volunteer help me cut the shapes out of various colors of construction paper and tag board. (We did this activity close to Halloween, so some of our shapes were related to Halloween and/or Fall. We also used basic shapes like hearts, footprints, and crayons.) For the actual bookmark, we cut strips from white tag board.

    The fourth grade students brainstormed sayings that could be written on the bookmarks. These sayings included:
    Falling Into a Good Book
    I'm Nuts for Reading
    Dig Into a Good Book
    I Love to Read

    During the activity, the 4th graders helped their younger book buddies with making sure they were spelling the words correctly and getting the shapes glued on. The opportunities with this project are endless!
    Submitted by: Jennifer

  • falling into a good book bookmark hey big buddies book buddy
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  • Hey Big Buddies
    This activity is great to use at the beginning of the school year. It allows your Book Buddies to get to know each other. You and the other teacher will want to create a set of interview questions. The younger students then ask the older students the questions. Using a pre-typed page, the younger students write in what the older buddies say.

    You can then have the pair pose together for a picture. Print the picture and mount it, along with the interview, on a large piece of construction paper. Place the display in an area where both classes will see it. You may also want to include various photos of your buddies together reading.
    Submitted by: Jennifer T.

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  • Name Grids
    This is a fun activity to help students learn each other's names and practice patterning skills. All you need for this activity is a copy of one-inch grid paper - use construction paper or tag board for durability. Students use a black marker to write their name on the paper. They will place one letter in each box. When they reach the last letter of their name, the next box will contain the first letter. They repeat this same pattern.

    After students have filled all of the boxes, they select a color and begin coloring, using the same color or box design for each of the same letters. (See the second photo below for an example.)

    Finally, students cut off the white margin around their grid. You can hang the papers in one large display.
    Submitted by: Jennifer

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