Saturday, October 22, 2011

Global Read Aloud

This year our 5th grade Rocketeers participated in the Global Read Aloud for a novel studies unit on Tuck Everlasting. This was an excellent opportunity to connect with other classes around the globe who were also reading the same novel. Here are some of the tools that helped us achieve this:

Edmodo- Throughout the Global Read Aloud we used this secure networking site to post the journal prompt in our Tuck Everlasting Group. Our journals revolved around themes for each section in the book and students were able to make personal connections with the novel. Our partner classes in Delaware and South Korea were also part of this group and posed questions and polls that our students responded to. It was nice to see students and teachers responding to each other and Edmodo allowed us to share and reflect in ways we have never imagined.

Skype- This project has also granted us the privilege of meeting our Delaware friends through Skype! Thanks to Mrs. Mims, we were able to arrange a call and participate in Literature Circles virtually. Students from both classes were responsible for sharing their assigned jobs and discussing the novel. Our students put a lot of thought and effort into their Literature Circle jobs and discussion.

Have a look at some clips from our call.

Watch as our Delaware friends guess an illustration for a scene in the book. 

Take a look as our friends answer one of our discussion questions. 

Our experience with the Global Read aloud was such a success that we will continue novel studies units with other grade levels later on in the year. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in our Skype Book Clubs on different novels for grades 2nd through 6th. We hope that you can join us!

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