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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tried It Tuesday {Buddies}

Hey everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start!
It's Time for Tried It Tuesday! 
What have you tried at school or home?
If you've never linked up with Tried It Tuesday, just link up any idea school or home related and what worked or didn't work. Simple! 
My Tried It:
Each fourth grade classroom at my school voluntarily participates in a buddy program with a younger grade.  Throughout the year, we meet with our Kindergarten buddies for activities.  We used to meet once a month, but now that we have departmentalized, it will probably be only about five times that we will meet with our buddies during the year.  Our schedule is just so tight with the blocks.

I just love watching the students interact with their buddies!  The biggest surprises are always the  students who are potential behavior problems and how they just SHINE in this environment when they are given the opportunity to be a role model.  It is a great motivator for all students and an excellent way to teach them to be a role model for good behavior. I really see a different side of so many students come out when they are the "big kid".  

We use this Getting to Know you activity that you can download for FREE here as a Facebook Fan Freebie. Just look for the the blue "Fans Only" button.  I copy the two papers in different colors.  
My 4th graders completed the orange paper, answering questions about themselves before we met our buddies last week. Here they are working on their questions:
Then we take a clipboard with the purple paper to meet our buddies. The 4th graders ask their Kindergarten buddies the same questions and record their answers for them on the purple paper. The 4th graders share their answers from the orange paper with their buddies. When they are done, the 4th graders take home the purple paper with information about the Kindergartner and the Kindergartners take home the orange paper with information about their 4th grade buddy.
Here are a couple other pictures from last year with our buddies working on a Valentine's Day card holder and on Dr. Seuss hat day reading with our buddies.

If you have never tried buddies, think about joining a classroom for the rest of this year or put it on your to do list for next year.  You won't regret it and the students will thank you!


  1. I love, love, love doing buddies. My 5th graders buddy up with the 3rd graders next door. I think both parties benefit immensely from this set-up. When I taught little kids, it always amazed me how much the little kids would listen to ANYTHING the big kids said. It was always heart-warming to watch them grow and learn together. XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Hi Holly! What a super fun linky party! I am a new blogger here and am excited to share my Tried it Tuesday. I absolutely love teaming up with a different grade level for buddies. Last few years at my former school I have been doing reading buddies with my Kindergarten teacher friend (I teach 3rd) and it was so nice for my third graders to start being role models to the cute Kinders!

    A LoveLi Class