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No Passive Partners

 Looking at the ceiling, wiggling in the carpet, staring at another group...Is this what you sometimes get from partner reading?  Me too!  Until I started holding the students accountable for time spent in reading together.  I wanted my students to get all they could out of their reading time and I like for them to read in partners part of the times.  So I needed to find a way to have the partner who wasn't doing the reading not only get engaged, but stay engaged.  I call this No Passive Partners.  I like for each child in a pair to have a responsibility, a job if you will.  One reads and the other one listens because they follow up on what the first one read.  Of course, you must model, model, model so the students can see what it should look like.  One reads and the other one follows up with what they learned or remembered or questions they had about the text.  This also sparks conversations between students about what was read.  With practice, my students have gotten very good at this and know every time we partner read, they both have a job to do.  I think they get so much more out of the texts this way.  Linda Hoyt suggests putting stop signs (Post It notes) in the book where you would like for the partners to stop and report what they remembered, learned, etc...  A lot of times, I just ask the kids to stop at the end of each page or each 2 page spread, which ever is appropriate.  Now my partners run smoothly and the students gain better understanding of what they just read.  Here are some bookmarks you can print on cardstock and have the students take with them to remind them of what they can tell their partner when they aren't the one reading. 


  1. Ooh, I like! I may forward these bookmarks to my 1st grade team and reading coach. Thanks!

  2. I like using the word "passive." That's a great idea. We keep little wooden checkmarks in our book baskets to remind them to check for understanding, but their teacher hasn't been very good about holding them accountable for using them. Thanks for reminding me to do more modeling.

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. I really like the wording on these. Great way to teach the kids to stay active in their reading. Thank you for sharing!

    Teaching in Room 6

  4. Love it! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower myself. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! :-)


  5. I just found your blog and I have got to tell you it is very cute! I have stayed up way too late reading and catching up on all of your post

    I would love for you to visit my blog too
    Ms. Patterson
    Pocket Full of Kinders

  6. I LOVE the bookmarks! I have something similar, but it is a lot bigger so the smallness of this is perfect! Thanks for sharing another FAB idea :)

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  7. Thank you, ladies, for your wonderful comments!! As you well know, feedback means a lot!

  8. I love your ideas!! I'm so glad you found me so that I could find you!! I'm now a follower.

    Coloring Outside The Lines

  9. Thank you, Mrs. Lopez! I appreciate you coming by and leaving a comment. :)

  10. I love your ideas too. Thank you so much for sharing!

    First in Maine

  11. Love this idea!!! Bookmarks are a great visual tool:)

  12. Thank you TammySF! I agree, sometimes we just need a little visual to help us remember. :)

  13. Great idea Lori - would love to do this for next year. :o)
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

  14. Thanks Vicky! I appreciate you leaving a comment. :)


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