October 2, 2015
Global Read Aloud
This year, our class will be participating in a project called the Global Read Aloud. This project will start October 5th and will run for approximately 6 weeks. The idea behind it is very simple; teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students and then use technology to share the reading experience with these other classrooms. It is a free project and it fits perfectly into the standards we have to cover.
During the project, our class will be reading Fish in a Tree and connecting with students around the world who are reading the same book. We will use technology tools such as KidBlog to facilitate these connections and conversations.
We are very excited to connect with others, especially since more than 200,000 students are already signed up to participate. This project will allow for our students to use technology tools in a meaningful way, as well as learn about other cultures, all while listening to a fantastic read aloud.
If you would like more information about the Global Read Aloud, feel free to visit the website www.theglobalreadaloud.com or I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. I look forward to starting this exciting project with your child, as well as seeing the connections we will make.
All my best,
News You Can Use!
Starting this week, each child will become the author of his or her own blog! I want to give them as many authentic writing experiences as possible. Our district has found Kidblog as a resource. Kidblog is designed specifically for teachers and students, and is completely secure. The students will post many of their writing assignments on this site. This will be enable the students to comment on one another's work.
Next week our class will be connecting with several classes to discuss the Global Read Aloud. One of the classes we met during our Mystery Skype on Monday. They live in Brampton, Ontario and they are in the fourth grade. Their teacher, Miss Harvey, and I will be monitoring the discussions to help both classes learn how to communicate on blogs while discussing an awesome book. Another class we will be connecting with is in Huntington Beach, California.
Please look below at some of the pictures from our Mystery Skype. Daisy and Rachel were our photographers.
Box Top Update -
Who's going to win the tickets to the HHS basketball game???
And remember: if we get one sheet/baggie from every student in the building we will have a HHS spirit day!
The students will be taking the next spelling pre-test on Monday. With two short school weeks and field trips we will be working on our next Reading Street for two weeks.
Please see the link below for this week's word analysis project on compound words.
When the students make challenge in spelling they are finding some of their very own spelling words. The words they add are fourth grade words that follow the spelling pattern for the week. On the fourth grade home page on Haiku there are links to use to find some words.