Saturday, March 9, 2013

Read Across America and World Read Aloud Day

Read Across America Fun!

Reading to students in MA
Our students read Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? to students all around the United States and we had others read to us too. It was a great day of reading. We connected with students in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

We even had a Mystery Skype with a school in Oklahoma and then they read to us too!
With one class in Maryland, we even took turns reading a digital book aloud. Soooo fun!
Many of our students also read Dr. Seuss with each other.
We also connected with some students from a school within our own county.
World Read Aloud Day

We had Skype visits from three different authors on World Read Aloud Day. Erica Perl, on behalf of  First Book, started us off with her fantastic book Ninety-Three in My Family. It was so much fun!

It was a book that can be sung so we got to sing and clap too!
She also showed first grade her awesome hats that go with her books Dotty and Chicken Butt. We loved them and want to try to think up a great hat for her book When Life Gives You O.J.

Of course, the students talked her into reading Chicken Butt before she was through.

Sarah Albee met with one of our third grade classes. We had video issues, but at least we could hear each other. She answered a lot of questions from students. We enjoyed hearing about her writing life. We have met quite a few fiction writers, but haven't talked with many authors of non-fiction so that was a new experience. We had read a bit from her book Poop Happened! beforehand.

We had a great time with Sarah Albee!
Our final author on Wednesday was Mina Javaherbin. She shared her book The Secret Message based on a poem written by Rumi many hundreds of years ago. It was neat to learn about her home country Iran and talk to her about her writing life. All three of our second grade classes were able to visit with her.

Our final author visit was on Friday with Abby Klein. She is the author of the Ready Freddy series. She read one of her books to us and I read an Elephant and Piggie book to her kindergarten students. We found out that she writes mainly in the summertime since she is a teacher. 

Abby Klein answered many great questions about her writing.

We finished off our World Read Aloud Day celebrations on with Shannon Miller from Van Meter in Iowa. She shared Same Same but Different and showed us the cool website that the author has for kids. I can't wait to read the book myself now. It fit perfectly with a non-fiction book we had read earlier this year One World One Day. It was an excellent way to end a week celebrating reading.

I loved the chance to connect with so many authors and classrooms around the country. We have another fun time to organize coming up in April for Poem in Your Pocket Day. I can't wait.

I am so thankful that people were able to connect with us and I am glad that Matthew Winner and Sarah (@pageintraining) helped to coordinate this fantastic event through Skype in the Classroom and a googledoc that held all of the plans for so many people. Thanks to all who added to our learning this week!

1 comment:

  1. Yay, Crystal! I'm so glad we got to connect for WRAD and I'm over the moon that you coordinated such amazing connections for your students in celebration of this awesome reading event! Your students are very lucky indeed to have you in their lives!