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Nathan the reader

Nathan reads with a buddy

Student Nathan Date 18 September 2008
Observer Mary (teacher)

Intended learning outcome

  • Read spontaneously with a buddy.

Every Friday morning, my class of year 1 and 2 students join with a year 4 and 5 class to do buddy reading. The children work in groups of two or three. The younger children get to share familiar books from their browsing boxes, while the older buddies in turn read library books. Up until now, during buddy reading and whole-class shared reading, Nathan has preferred to take a listening role.

However today, Nathan’s buddy began reading a book called, “The Haunted House”. Nathan had read this book to the teacher and his parents several times.

Every time he read it he would demonstrate enjoyment when reading the noises made by the characters in the book. His buddy had read two pages, when Nathan, unprompted, joined in and read aloud the next page, which involved making the character noise “woo-oo-oo-oo”. He then proceeded to finish reading the book to his buddy. He read the text “woo-oo-oo-oo” and “boo!” with great animation.