By request I am bringing back the WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) this year! This means that each Wednesday I will send out a school-wide email with a recommended website that you might find useful in your classroom.
Why a Global Read Aloud?
From the GRA site: “Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them. That the world needs to be protected and that we need to care for all people. You can show them pictures of kids in other countries but why not have them speak to each other? Then the caring can begin.”
Our ADE Vision Statement reads as follows: “At Alice Drive Elementary, all students will receive the respect, encouragement and opportunities they need to build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be successful, contributing members of a global society.” (emphasis mine) This is a truly meaningful way to give our students a global voice!
The Global Read Aloud connects students to other kids all over the world through a shared reading experience. Last year more than 144,000 students in 30 countries on 6 different continents participated, including two of our ADE teachers!
The book choices for this year are:
For younger students, an author study of Peter H. Reynolds, author of the books The Dot and Ish – both available on Tumblebooks – as well as many other books.
For older students, a choice of 3 novels for the teacher to read aloud to the class. (Follow the links to learn more about each one.)
One For the Murphys by Lyndy Mullaly Hunt
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
The Global Read Aloud site provides resources to get you started when you sign up, and there are discussion guides available for the books. I have read all three novels and will be happy to help you choose the best fit for your class. I will also purchase a copy of the book for you, and after the read-aloud you can add it to your classroom library. (For the author study, I will purchase one Peter Reynolds book for each classroom, and you can trade them with one another during the author study.) I will also assist you with making connections to other classrooms. I’ll be happy to meet with grade levels or individual teachers to discuss it further.
p.s. A link to this week’s WWW is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb, along with all of the previous WWW websites.
To my online readers: Are you participating in the Global Reading Challenge this year? Are you looking for elementary classes to connect with? Please leave a comment and let me know which book you are reading!