The Global Read Aloud as Told by a Student

    Hiya again.   We finished the Global Read aloud yesterday.   The Global Read Aloud is where teachers read one book a out loud to their class, then they and their kids do fun stuff, like maybe blogging, or skype, or use edmodo, it’s really fun to connect with other kids around the world.  I think teachers should do it because it would be a good  way to show you can show your kids you can make a difference and share your opinion with the world.  It’s also a good idea  because you can introduce them to a different genre of books.  For example, I pretty much only read fantasy books, but Tuck Everlasting made me think I should try a different genre of books for once.      If you read my post called Tuck Everlasting and the Toad, you’ll find the full dish of stuff about the book.  But for now I think I’ll just say I was totally and utterly shocked at the end.  Sorry, can’t give out the end. 
     Why I thought being part of this was really fun was the fact we got to do fun things like how I said before we get to skype and blog. More things we do without technology are we jounal about what shocked me or why it might or might not be good if nothing ever died.  When Mrs.Ripp asked us to predict what the book was about by only looking at the cover, it  was really fun and I really was surprised when she showed us online a book with different cover and how they’re predictions varied by a lot.  It was so cool.  Something I would’ve changed next time is, well, erm, I really don’t think I want to change anything.  Next year I think the book should be  Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs.  I think it should be Belly Up because it’s a mystery with lots of cliffhangers and problems, its also a pretty good length.  I had a really fun expirience from the Global Read Aloud and I think other teachers should have their kids do it to.
My Question is: If you could live anywhere in the world, where and why?
***Sophia***

Thoughts from Jack

Hi my name is Jack. This is what I think of chapters 3,4,5,6, and 7. I think that the sentences, “If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself, ‘My flower’s up there somewhere…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn’t important?'” means that if you love something because your favorite thing is in it, you wont love that something anymore if your favorite thing isn’t in it anymore. There is a chapter about a type of tree called a boabab and how he needs the sheep to eat the boababs when they are young so that they don’t destroy his little planet. What do you think about the sentence “If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself, ‘My flower’s up there somewhere…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn’t important?'”?

Thoughts from A Student

Today, my students blogged for the first time about their thoughts on the Global Read Aloud as we get ready to start next week.  One student pinpointed the spirit of the project very well:


I think it is weird how people all over the world can read the same book. It is even weirder when you are reading a good book and then the thought pops into your head that there is a good chance someone across the world is reading the same exact book, maybe even the same exact page.


And this is exactly what I hope happens in the next 4 weeks.  That our students realize that th world is actually pretty small when you know others are reading and sharing the same experience as you.


Thank you for joining us, I am thrilled to do this project!