Monday, October 3, 2016

Global Read Aloud Kick Off!

On Wednesday, September 27th, Mrs. Proudman's class came down for their first scheduled library visit.  It was wonderful to catch up with last year's students and meet some new students as well.  I can already tell that it is going to be an excellent year!

Over the next few weeks, Mrs. Proudman's students will be participating in the Global Read Aloud.  This will be our second year participating in this exciting opportunity.  During the Global Read Aloud, we will be reading the same books at the same time as thousands of other students around the world.  We are looking forward to the opportunity to make new friends around the world!

In order to kick off our participation in the Global Read Aloud, we chose to read Friendshape, a book about friendship by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  She was last year's Global Read Aloud author.  This book included many funny (and punny!) observations about friendship.

Reading Friendshape with Mrs. Proudman's students.

If you like puns, Friendshape is a must-read!
After laughing our way through Friendshape, we were all eager to learn more about the focus of this year's Global Read Aloud project.  This year we will be reading books from Lauren Castillo.  Ms. Castillo is both an author and an illustrator.  To learn a little more about her, we watched a video on YouTube.

We learned about Lauren Castillo by watching a video.
Next week we will begin reading Lauren Castillo's books.  In order to prepare to meet our new friends through the Global Read Aloud, we worked on a short activity to introduce ourselves to other students.  Below are the introductions from the students in Mrs. Proudman's class:

During our next library visit, we will be reading Nana in the City and making connections with our other partner schools around the world.  We're eager to share our thoughts about what we're reading and even make some new friends along the way.

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