We have been planning and building excitement for World Read Aloud Day for the past 2 months, and it is finally here! It’s just too much fum to pack into one day, so we connect with classes around the world on several days. Monday and Tuesday of this week, we had 8 connections via Skype and Google Hangouts.
On Monday, Ms. Haley’s 3rd grade class connected with Ms. Word’s 2nd grade class at Episcopal School in Baton Rouge. We read the book Snappsy the Alligator. We learned that they wear uniforms at their school and have a salad bar at lunch.
Ms Em’s 3rd grade class connected with Ms. Dickerson’s 6th grade students in Missouri. We read aloud The Day the Crayons Came Home. Ms. Dickerson’s students took turns reading the voices of the different crayons. We learned that they have unpredictable weather in the winter. We also learned that their school only has 300 students and only 6th grade. We had a great time sharing weird places we have found our own crayons including an underwear drawer, the pantry, and melted in the car cup holder.
Mr. Weaver’s 4th grade connected with Ms. McCoy’s 1st graders in Kansas. We shared the books Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in This Book. We learned that they start school much later than us at 8:40AM.
Ms. Brink’s 2nd grade class connected with Ms. Potter’s 3rd grade class in Maine to read Snappsy the Alligator.
On Tuesday, Ms. Kelly’s Kindergarten connected with Ms. Mendrinos and her Kindergarten in North Carolina to read the book Snappsy the Alligator. We had fun learning that there school has science and computers as specials.
Ms. Wisz’s PreK connect with Ms. Dawson and her 2nd grade in Maryland to read Same Same but Different. They greated us in multiple languages. After reading, we made some connections to what is the same but different about our schools. For example, we both have breakfast but we had yogurt and granola and they had chocolate bars and juice.
5th grade ELT class connected with Ms. Stepp’s 1st grade class in South Carolina to read Snappsy the Alligator.
Ms. Ramseyer’s 2nd grade class connected with Ms. Cook’s 1st grade class in Missouri to read How to Read a Story. We loved sharing some of our own strategies for choosing stories and reading them. We even had a chance to share some favorite titles of books in the hopes of finding some new reads.
Snappsy the Alligator has been our favorite read aloud of this year’s World Read Aloud. It is fun to have one of the schools be Snappsy and the other be the narrator. I particularly liked being Snappsy because of his humorous personality. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to try it out for one of your own Skype’s.
As we connected, we made a map and summary of our connections in Google Tour Builder so we can revisit all of the places that we connected with.
We have many more connections to go this week and next. Happy World Read Aloud Week and Read Across America.