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Me and My Partner

Students will build relationships and reading skills with this fun partner-themed lesson.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Sharing Ideas with a Friend pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Sharing Ideas with a Friend pre-lesson.

Students will be able to share books with another person.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Call students together.
  • Read Llama Llama Time To Share by Anna Dewdney to the group. As the story is being read aloud, ask students to think about everything that happens when a teacher is reading a story aloud.
  • Have students brainstorm a list of everything they remember happening when the story was being read aloud. (Guide students to notice things like sharing the picture, talking loudly and clearly, asking questions/having discussions about what is happening in the text, etc.)
(5 minutes)
  • Explain to students that sometimes all that is necessary to share a book is the pictures.
  • Show students The Wave by Suzy Lee.
  • After using the pictures to tell the story for the first few pages, ask for student volunteers to describe what is happening on the next few pages.
  • After a few students have had the chance to try telling the story, talk as a whole group about the role of a listener and what active listening looks like. Guide students to the fact that good listeners are thinking about what is being said and have quiet/safe bodies as the story is being told.
  • Read aloud a few more pages of the story while asking students to demonstrate their best listening skills.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students choose a book from the book library to share with a partner. Encourage students to choose books with sight words they already know and detailed pictures they can talk about.
  • Once students have each chosen a book, come together and have students share the title page of their book with everyone. Encourage students to practice both good listening and good book sharing skills by talking about what students are doing well as the title pages are shared.
  • Partner students up to share the rest of their stories.
  • Before sending students off to work, remind them of any independent work time rules (i.e., only speaking in a whisper, raising hands for needs, etc.) and make sure that everyone understands the task at hand.
(10 minutes)
  • While students are working in partners, any adults in the room should be circulating, answering questions and assessing student abilities.
  • Setting up pillows and blankets in quiet reading areas spread out from one another can help minimize distractions and create a welcoming environment for sharing books.


  • Careful selection of pairings can provide a scaffold for students needing some extra help.
  • Offering students stories that they have already read numerous times with detailed illustrations can allow students to focus more on the partner-sharing aspects of the task.


  • For students needing a greater challenge, creating their own stories to share with partners (complete with illustrations and dictated text) can increase the challenge and fun of this activity!
(5 minutes)
  • Adults should take anecdotal notes about student behaviors, noting such things as turn-taking skills, listening skills, and book-handling skills.
  • Have students give a thumbs up or a thumbs down for how they feel about their book-sharing and their partners.
(5 minutes)
  • Call students back together.
  • Ask students to share about their experiences. Did they like telling the story or listening better? Do they like sharing books or reading by themselves more?
  • If time allows, consider having students spend some time sharing books with another partner.
  • Encourage students to ask their parents to share book time with them tonight!
  • Conclude by setting up a special blanket/chair area for partner reading experiences in the library/book area of the room.

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