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Reading Buddies

August 2, 2010

Kids love to read to someone. It's good for kids to read their writing out loud, to practice their Reader's Theater scripts with, or to rehearse a book they want to read to the class or to their reading group.

But there's not always a student handy to read with. Enter the Reading Buddy. A really, really cute idea from Into the Book. Most of the materials you'll need can be rounded up around your house or neighborhood. I'm sure some crafty teachers (hint-hint!) could also come up with other suggestions for ways to make reading buddies for the classroom.

And if you're not familiar with Into the Book, plan to spend some time on that site! It's a great one, with lots of resources for teachers.

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