Each week leading up to World Read Aloud Day (February 24th) we want to join our voices around the world to celebrate one of the strengths of reading aloud. During the week of January 24-31, we celebrate how reading shows us examples of kindness in the world.
We have created a Flipgrid for you to share your responses to the following question:
What kindness role models have you met through reading?
We hope you will share this Flipgrid with other educators, students, and families around the world and record your responses which can last up to 90 seconds. Wouldn’t this be a great way to practice some informational writing in classrooms? Wouldn’t you love to hear stories from the families that you serve? Aren’t you curious about the perspectives on this question from around the world? Let’s join our voices and contribute responses all week long. Can we show our own kindness by contributing our voice?
In addition, you might also consider coming up with your own posts in response to this week’s theme on your own blog or site. You might write a post about a fictional character who has been a model of kindness and post on your blog or other social media. Better yet, have your students write these reflections and share them with you. You and your students might perform random acts of kindness during the week and take photographs to post to Instagram or other social media. You might create a special display of kindness related books in your classroom or library.. Whatever additional ways you choose to celebrate “Kindness Week”, please tag your posts with #wrad16 and #kindnessweek as well as mention @litworldsays (Twitter) and @litworld (Instagram, Facebook).
I know two of the stories we will read during Friendship Week are If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson and Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, but we will read many other kindness stories during the week as well.
It’s not too late to share your schedule for World Read Aloud Week on our shared Google Doc and find someone to connect with around the world.
Let’s share how we show kindness as well as find kindness in our global community.