Classrooms sign up to read one of five different books or author studies. This year's choices are:
- Peter H. Reynolds
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
- The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
- One For the Murphy's by Lyndy Mullaly Hunt
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My class participated last year for the first time and read Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. We blogged our thoughts on Kidblog (our blog link) and connected with several 5th grade classes at Mars Centennial School in Pennsylvania to write and Skype. It was fabulous!
This year, we are reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and again blogging on Kidblog (blog link). We have connected with several 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes through a blog roll and are sharing comments in a new way this year. The students are excited to visit blogs by schools in other states and countries and connect with the same reading they are doing within our classroom. We have our first Skype chat scheduled for next week and will start using a Mystery Skype format (trying to figure out where they are by asking yes/no questions).
Many teachers are finding connections through Edmodo and are sharing artifacts of their students' thinking. One classroom even created a Google Map and invited other classes to pin their locations. The Global Read Aloud has just started, but it has already been a great example of global collaboration and learning.