I teach 2nd grade and doing Daily 5 for the first time. I have 3 students who are almost non-readers. Suggestions on how to pair them up when launching Read to Someone?






I would be a bit careful about beginning Read to Someone and choosing partners when considering the lowest readers. Perhaps you “rig” a game, where the kids have to find perfect partners. I’ve done this with a bit older kids, but think you could make it work for 2nd. Begin by thinking of either people, characters or things that are thought of in pairs. Examples might be Jack and Annie (Magic Tree House), Ivy and Bean, Tom and Jerry, Mickey and Minnie, bread and butter, peanut butter and jelly, for examples. You’d have to pick ones that you think your kids would know pretty easily. Write each of the partners on a card, mix up (see the next statement). The “rigging” part comes when you think ahead about who would be good partners for those strugglers, pull the cards for the matching partners and let those kids choose first. You have to be a bit savvy, but it can be done :).
When deciding which kids would be good partners for your strugglers, think about this: Rank your students high to low as readers. Divide the list in half. Start with the “middle” to partner up with the lowest readers (of course considering personalities, as well). Have the pair start with books the lower reader is successful with; usually the middle readers are fine listening to lower books, and they feel like the strong reader, but can let the lower reader be successful.
Does that make sense?

Elizabeth Montgomery

Well, it does make sense. My concern is that the readers who are paired with the non-readers or lowest readers are not getting the same benefits of Read to Someone as they would if they are paired with readers of their same ability. I want Read to Someone to be a time when they can build fluency and work on comprehension. Pairing them with low readers seems to defeat the purpose.


Actually, I think it’s good for the higher reader of the pair. They get to read their books at their level to the lower reader, providing them with fluency practice. The lower reader can work on listening comprehension by listening to the higher reader, and the higher reader has to be “tuned in” to check the comprehension of the lower reader.

jana fitzpatrick

I agree - you might like to teach your non-readers the “linger finger” whereas they are to “linger” and notice the big idea and details within the illustration/photo of a book - model how long it can take to be sure to notice everything before the page is turned - from the book “Reading Strategies” by Jennifer Serrato (no affiliation.)

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