In 2012, my class participated in the Global Read Aloud Project (GRA). We started reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and shared our thinking about the book with other classrooms from across the world. We connected on a more frequent basis with classrooms from our own district, Massachusetts, and Virginia! We are living up to Tri-Creek district’s mission statement of “…engaging, equipping, and empowering” students to learn.
We used two primary forms of electronic communication--Edmodo and Kidblog. Students shared questions, answers, and their thinking using Edmodo for informal communication and Kidblog formal communication. These are two safe social learning networks designed specifically for classrooms. In addition, we also held weekly Skype and FaceTime sessions to discuss the book as a class and share activities and projects we completed.
My class and I thoroughly enjoyed the GRA; therefore, we will do it again and again. It will always be a must for me! In 2013 we read Marty McGuire by Kate Messner and connected with another class within the district, plus we continued the connection with Virginia too!While reading this book our classroom brainstormed a list of questions to ask the author, Kate Messner. Our class then chose one question that they wanted to be answered the most. Watch the video below to hear our question and the answer!
In 2014, we read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. This time we partnered with Virginia again and New Hampshire.
In 2015, we read The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. We had a connection with a different class in Virginia, one in New Mexico, and one in Missouri.
This year will be reading The BFG by Roald Dahl. We will be connecting with our Virginia friends once again and a class in Illinois.
This is such a fun and exciting way to learn and connect with others! We are ecstatic about this project and the learning involved. You can review the Global Read Aloud Project at the following URL: http://www.globalreadaloud.com