Wednesday, March 5, 2014

World Read Aloud Day 2014

What an awesome day! Today, our classroom participated in our first World Read Aloud Day! We celebrated by reading a different read aloud every hour on the hour. The class was so excited to do this, they could hardly contain themselves. We even had our "tweeter of the day" tweet the details of our day on Twitter. You can see the tweets at  @Skogstad_Class

We started the day by reading Noah Webster and his Words. This book is a picture book biography about Noah Webster and was FABULOUS! We learned so much about Noah and his life! 

We then read One Grain of Rice by Demi. The students loved this book and used their iPads and the Explain Everything app to calculate the amount of rice each day and to make a chart of the rice given over 30 days. 

After lunch, we read our wonderful read aloud RUMP. The students beg me to read more of this book every time that I read it. They are sharing their thinking on our chart paper and I have been impressed with their thinking each day! They write their thinking in their interactive reading notebook while I am reading and then I choose a few students to add to our chart each day. 

We then read Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss. We read this because one of my students brought it in to share after we discussed Dr. Seuss on Monday during Read Across America Day. The students really enjoyed this book and the theme of the book was very similar to One Grain of Rice. It was great to demonstrate a text-to-text connection between these two books. 

After that, we read the latest Time for Kids which focused on "Reinventing the Library." We connected this article to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and had lots of great discussions about libraries and the advantages of e-book readers over regular books! I then read a book that I had picked up at the library called, The Inside Outside Book of Libraries. This book tied in PERFECTLY with our TFK article and showed many different libraries across our country, including The Library of Congress.  We actually started talking about possible starting our own Little Free Library after reading this book. We'll see what kind of motivation I can muster up in regards to this project! :-) 

We ended our day by reading Young Zeus.  My class LOVES, LOVES, LOVES Greek Mythology. They have been eyeing this picture book up and were excited to finally hear it. They were engaged throughout this entire read aloud...even after sitting through numerous read alouds today! 
Overall, #WRAD14 was a success! 

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