Sunday, November 15, 2015

Global Read Aloud

Another year of great learning success during the Global Read Aloud! This was my third year of participating in Global Read Aloud. I would like to thank Pernille Ripp for her dedication to organize this global event. My students and I absolutely loved the experiences!

My class participated in Amy Krouse Rosenthal author study. Her books are very simple, yet have powerful messages that are easy for my first graders to understand. My students could not wait to read her book each week.

I also had a blast collaborating with wonderful teachers and their students from all over the United States & Canada. Thanks to my Twitter PLN, finding collaborating teachers was not too difficult:) Some of us participated in GRA last year together, so this year all it took was... "Do you want to do it again?" It was great to see some new faces in our group as well.

Here are some of highlights from our #GRA15 learning!

Week1: Chopsticks
We had a class discussion on what we like to do with our best friends and what we can do independently.

We also learned how to use chopsticks form the seventh & eighth graders in Melvina Kurashige's class. They made incredible "how to use chopsticks" videos. They did a great job teaching us!

Week 2 : Duck! Rabbit!
This was a great book to discuss difference in perception & opinion. Many classes shared what they thought about the creature here. 

I also created a survey, and here is the result.

And this is what Amy responded...

My students were beyond excited to her back from Amy herself:) (and I was, too!)

Week 3 : It's Not Fair!
Our class enjoyed sharing their personal connections to the story. We all have said, "It's not fair!" plenty of times before. Then we played a Kahoot created by Jennifer Sloop... this was a great way to have a discussion on fairness.
We also enjoyed reading the story readers' theater style with Terry Stofer's second grade class. Thanks to Terry for writing a great script as well!

Week 4 : Exclamation Mark
My students got to really practice punctuations this week. Thanks to Karen Lirenman's wonderful idea! We played a little punctuation game with Traci Wood's first grade class. Our students wrote a sentence, read it to each other via Google Hangout and guessed which punctuation should be used. What a great way to practice both reading and writing!

Week 5 : The OK Book
This week we discussed what we were great at and OK at. It is OK to be OK at something:) Terry Stoufer had a great idea for a collaboration project. Our students interviewed each other about what they are great & ok at. They wrote about their partner and told "It is OK." We are currently completing the book, but here is one of the pages...

Week 6 : Book of our choice
Terry Stoufer, Michelle Flicek and I each read a book via Google Hangout. We also voted for our favorite book using Kahoot! 

WOW! is all I can say. What a wonderful opportunity for us to enjoy books and expand our learning beyond our classroom walls! I can't thank you enough, Pernille! I hope you will continue to host & organize this great project. I also would like to thank the author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal for not only writing inspiring stories, but also taking time to write, check, like, and respond to tweets! It meant a lot to us!