For the third year in a row, our 2nd-5th grade students are participating in the Global Read Aloud project during their weekly visits to the library. This project started two weeks ago and will run for approximately 8 weeks. The idea behind it is very simple; teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students and then use technology to share the reading experience with these other classrooms.
During the project, our 2nd-4th grade classes will be reading Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez, a charming novel about a young girl adjusting to live in Chicago after moving here from Mexico City. We will be connecting with students around the world who are reading the same book. We will use technology tools such as Skype and Padlet to facilitate these connections and conversations.
Our 5th grade students are reading The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman. This is the story of two homeless sisters devoted to each other who must survive on the streets of India. We are using this mentor text to build connections and heighten awareness of the poverty and harsh living conditions I saw recently while visiting Haiti during the dedication of the new school in Galette-Chambon.
We are very excited to connect with others, especially since millions of students participate all around the globe every year This project will allow for our students to use technology tools in a meaningful way, as well as learn about other parts of the United States and the world, all while listening to a fantastic read aloud. Just last week, Mrs. Zavaterro’s 3rd grade class had a great Skype session with a group of students in Delaware.
If you would like more information about the Global Read Aloud, feel free to visit the website www.theglobalreadaloud.com or I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.