Buddy Books

Type of strategy: Brainstorming and DiscussionDrawing and ArtworkCollaborationHumor and CelebrationOpeners & Get to Know YouVisual OrganizersWriting and/or Reflection

Learning styles: EN: Extraversion and IntuitionES: Extraversion and SensingIN: Introversion and IntuitionIS: Introversion and Sensing

Older students use information from an interview to create booklets comparing themselves to their buddy.


  1. Older students generate 10 to 12 questions that they will ask their younger buddy. Use: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How questions. Avoid questions that provide yes/no responses.
  2. Allow a 30 minute period where older students use their prepared questions to interview their younger buddy.
  3. Older students create a book that compares themselves to their buddy.  Similar topics are placed on facing pages of the book. For example: John's favorite food is pepperoni pizza.  Fred's favorite food is macaroni and cheese.
  4. The sentences can be typed into a word processor and then printed. The books can be illustrated with colored pencil.
  5. The books are then given as a gift to the younger buddy.


Submitted by: Tammy Reschke