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In pairs, have students take turns reading the Bouncy Ball story out loud to each other. Next, have them collaborate on answering questions about the story—like, “What feelings did Gabriel experience at school?” Once they have spent some time discussing in pairs, have them share answers and ideas with the rest of the class.

Buddy Up is a peer buddy system that creates opportunities for students to get to know each other, form connections, and learn together. The idea is to pair students with a different partner each week for classroom activities. Buddy Up teaches students to:

Helpful Tip

Start off pairing students who are familiar with one another to get them acclimated to working in pairs and comfortable with the process. In the following weeks, pair them with less frequent playmates. Plan out weekly buddies with a Buddy Grid and display it on the wall, so children know what to expect.