Over the past two months in the library, first and second graders have participated by focusing on books from Canadian author and illustrator, Julie Flett. To kick off Global Read Aloud this year, we started with Wild Berries and a presentation about Julie Flett's background.
During the next library session, students listened to My Heart Fills with Happiness and explained what makes them happy in a Flipgrid video. We also read When We Were Alone and used Padlet to share aspects of our identities that make us special. Check out students' awesome ideas on the Flipgrid (password GRAJFMGS) and Padlet to the right!
Second grade enjoyed their bonus book, A Day with Yayah, which taught them about native Canadian plants. After that, we looked at a Google presentation of edible plants found in Austin and near other schools around the country.
We wrapped up Global Read Aloud by writing letters to send to other schools. Each second grade class composed a letter telling about Austin and sharing their class's favorite Julie Flett book. After that, first grade students designed illustrations of their favorite Julie Flett book to accompany the letters.
Flipgrid: My Heart Fills with Happiness
Padlet: When We Were Alone
Edible Plants Google Presentation
Every fall, thousands of students participate in the Global Read Aloud. This project was created by teacher Pernille Ripp with the goal of using books to connect kids around the globe. Over a six-week period, teachers and librarians read aloud and encourage students to share their thoughts with other children who are reading the same books.
This week, students had an opportunity to read some of the letters we've received back. We've gotten letters from all over the globe, including Canada, Argentina, and Thailand! It's been a fun experience for all and has left us feeling a little more connected to other kids around the world.
Thank you to everyone who decorated and brought in a pumpkin to the library for Halloween. I was amazed by the amount of creativity and hard work that went into all of the designs. We had an overwhelming turn-out and ended up with a total of 81 pumpkins!
Take a look at the video below for a glimpse of everyone's awesome creations. If you didn't have a chance to participate this year, start planning for next year. I know it's going to be even more impressive!
In preparation for the twenty and thirty book challenge this year, fourth and fifth grade students spent September and October reviewing all of the different genres of literature in library. After explaining the genres, Ms. Ricter showed students book trailers and told them about some of her favorite books from each category. The students were eager to check the books out and many titles already have over ten students on the hold list!
All of Ms. Ricter's recommended books are included in the slideshow below. If you click on each slide, there is also a link to the book trailer for that genre.