The Global Read Aloud kicked off on the 5th October. We have connected with 4 other classes around the globe:
Pernilla's class in Sweden
Rachel's class in Texas
Andrea's class in Wisconsin
Stacey's class in Hastings
Our kids connect and collaborate through Edmodo using questions and tasks set by the various teachers (and students) each week. It is a fantastic opportunity for our learners to share and justify their thoughts as this example shows:
Here is another example of how being connected and having the ability to collaborate with others encourages critical thinking and discussion. Mikayla had a question which she was pondering and decided to add it to Edmodo to see what other kids thought... Magical learning together.
As well as using Edmodo to share and discuss the story line, characters, and setting we are also using the Read Aloud to learn about LANGUAGE. We have a whole board in our room to use for displaying the many different language features we find in the story. Also new words and 'stunning sentences'. We have colour-coded the features so they are easier to remember! Here is a series of images showing how it has grown over the first 3 weeks:
A few of the boys have taken control of keeping the Language Wall updated...
The other way are connecting and sharing our thoughts about the book is via Twitter using the hashtag #GRAFish. This has been awesome as well because MANY classes from around the world are using this hashtag so we can connect with others classes too.
The REALLY awesome thing - the author is using #GRAFish to have conversations with kids who are asking questions! This makes for a real authentic learning experience! Here are some examples of @LauraDron (the author's handle) contributions...
We are half way through the Read Aloud now and hope to connect with our global classrooms via a Google Hangout towards the end.
Have you all enjoyed the book so far theONE6ers?
Have you enjoyed having kids from around the world to connect with? What do you like about it?