This year I was introduced to the Global Read Aloud through my following of a wonderful educator @pernilleripp via Twitter. This is a wonderful 6 week event where classes can read a particular chapter book or a selection of picture books by one author, connecting with classes around the world to share their learning and thinking.
Pernille Ripp created a short YouTube clip about the Global Read Aloud and why teachers should think about participating:
My class and our class next door are participating this year for the first time. We have both made connections in America and Canada and have been sharing information about our classes, school and town over the last month. Its been interesting sharing with the students on Google Earth where in the world these schools are and what they look like. Lots of questions and wonderings have come up as a result! Here is a picture of who my class are connecting with this year – before we started posting pictures and information:
The GRA author study this year is Peter H Reynolds. His fantastic picture books are filled with wonderful messages and delightful illustrations – and we get to read six of his wonderful books and share with others what we thought. Last week was the first “official” week and it was kick started by a picture book called The North Star. In this book a boy goes on a journey. We talked about where we wanted to end up on our own journeys and together with our neighbouring class we made the following video:
We can’t wait to keep practicing our reading skills on more of Peter’s stories and connect with our new friends from overseas!
Until next time……