Each year, Jumpstart sponsors a day for readers all around the globe to join their voices in reading the same book. A different book is chosen each year, and this day has become a day that we love to connect with other schools to read the book together. This year the featured book was Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Jumpstart puts the book online during Read for the Record so that readers can easily access the book to read aloud. I love having a large full screen version of the book for students to look at while we read alone and with our Skype partners.
Ms. Sandifer’s Kindergarten class started our day by reading the book with me on our projection screen.
I loved hearing the students make noticings about the images that weren’t included in the words. We also had fun making predictions before we turned the pages such as when a tree branch is making a noise outside but we got to guess before we found out. One student thought it would be a zombie!
Next, Ms. Kelly’s Kindergarten class (my daughter’s class) came and connected with Jennifer Reed and her 3rd graders in Newton, MA. We had fun looking at a map before the call and learning that we were connecting with students over 1,000 miles away. Our students also got to introduce themselves to one another.
Jennifer’s students did choral readings of pages, while I read most of our pages with Kindergarten students joining in for words they recognized. Students were amazed that Jennifer Reed and I know each other in real life and will get to see one another at the AASL conference in Columbus this November.
Finally, Ms. Choate’s Kindergarten class came to the library to enjoy a live Google Hangout with Kelly Bennett reading Not Norman and sharing the answers to several questions about being an author and getting ideas for writing.
This was a great addition to the event to allow many classes to enjoy hearing the author. We wish there had been more interaction between students and the author, but it was fun listening in to her voice and ideas.
There’s still time to participate in Read for the Record. You can read the book for free online today and count you and your family in the numbers toward the record.