When our second grade buddies arrived at our classroom door, Janet called out names to place them with the prearranged fifth grader in my class. When they first met, Janet and I guided them in making eye contact, shaking hands, and giving a polite greeting. Some of the second graders were so excited to see the large bean bags in the classroom that they couldn't contain their excitement and impulsiveness. Prior to their arrival, I coached my fifth graders in how to help direct their second grade buddies to stay focused on the tasks at hand. It was great to see my fifth graders easily slide into their leadership roles!
The first buddy task: Learn about each other using a venn diagram. We discussed the meaning of the
|Our teacher-modeled venn diagram|
Immediately after we modeled how to make the venn diagrams, we set them off to work independently for about 25-30 minutes. Students were also given directions to discuss their writing notebooks as soon as they finished their venn diagrams. Both of our classes are working on narrative writing, so they used a common language when discussing their writing. The independent work time was just magic! Our students were highly engaged, motivated, and engrossed in rich conversations that often fall by the wayside in our busy, standards-packed teaching days. Plus, little do our students know that we will revisit these venn diagrams in a couple months. They'll get to add to the venn diagrams and create a project based on their work! I'm looking forward to seeing where they take it!
|A 2nd and 5th grade partnership discussing writing!|
|It was fabulous seeing our students use a common language for writing.|