Saturday, August 9, 2014

#GRA14 What To Read - Week by Week Breakdown

Here is the plan for what to read and when.  While it is not a big deal if you get behind, please do not read ahead and then share spoilers.  It really hurts the experience for the students.  
Peter H. Reynolds!

To make the collaboration easier for everyone, for the author study we recommend reading these books:
Week 1: The North Star
Week 2: I'm Here
Week 3: Ish
Week 4: Sky Color
Week 5: Going Places
Week 6: Your Choice!
Yes, I know that the incredible book "The Dot" is not on this list. That's because International Dot Day is September 15th so some of you may have already read and used it by the time we start October 6th. But, the final week of the Global Read Aloud is always a free choice so feel free to use it then if you would like.

Book Choices:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Why this book:  This new classic has been nominated every year as a wonderfully engaging story that reads aloud beautifully. 
Breakdown for the 6 weeks:
Week 1:  Chapters 1 - 4
Week 2:  Chapters 5 - 9
Week 3:  Chapters 10 -14
Week 4:  Chapters 15 -19
Week 5:  Chapters 20 - 24
Week 6:  25 - coda

The Fourteenth Goldfish
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Why this book?  I am one of the lucky ones that have read an advanced copy of this book, and besides being immediately sucked into it, I think it will be a wonderful read aloud.  The story is whimsical, thought provoking and can definitely lead to bigger connections being made.  
Breakdown for the 6 weeks:
Week 1:  Chapters 1 - 5
Week 2:  Chapters 6 - 10
Week 3:  Chapters 11 - 15
Week 4:  Chapters 16 - 20
Week 5:  Chapters 21  - 25
Week 6: Chapters 26 - end

One for the Murphy's by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Why this book:  Anyone who has read the book will know why.  This incredibly touching story that carries heavy themes is a story about transformation, love of the deepest kind, and survival of the spirit. 
Breakdown for the 6 weeks:
Week 1: Chapter 1 - 8
Week 2: Chapter 9 - 17
Week 3: Chapter 18 - 25
Week 4: Chapter 26 - 33
Week 5: Chapter 34 - 42
Week 6: Chapter 43 - end

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Why this book?  This book was first runner up last year and came back strong this year.  This incredible story of one girl's courageous battle and, yes, transformation, is one that will resonate globally. 
Weekly Breakdown:
Week 1:  Chapters 1 - 4
Week 2:  Chapters 5 - 8
Week 3:  Chapters 9 - 12
Week 4:  Chapters 13 - 16
Week 5:  Chapters 17 - 20
Week 6:  Chapters 21 - end

A big change for this year's project is the removal of grade levels.  Instead, just pick the  book you think will best suit your class and your goals.   All of the books chosen share the themes of transformation and love, something I think all students can relate to.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An Exciting Tool to Use to Connect with #GRA14

Every year as the Global Read Aloud grows, new exciting ways to connect present themselves.  And while I always encourage people to connect in whichever way that works for them, sometimes a new way emerges that deserves a highlight.  This is one of those times.  

I first heard of Tackk, last year as a few people shared what they had created during the GRA.  And I was impressed, after all, a lot of time had definitely been put into it and it must have been hard to do.  So I didn’t investigate any further, I simply moved on, thinking this tool would not work for my students and the precious time we have.  I should have dug a little deeper.  
Tackk is an easy, free way to create simple pages on the web. Teachers use Tackk everyday for lessons, projects and creativity in the classroom. Tackk’s content widgets (text, photos, GIFs, video, music, maps, media, etc.) allow for simple and fun creation which can be shared on social channels like Edmodo, Twitter and Google+.

To help support GRA14, Tackk has created GRA templates to make creation, sharing and collaboration easy for students, teachers and classrooms. Teachers can use Tackk to create and share GRA lessons, assign student book reviews and assessments, capture photos and video during the program and interact along the way.

Get more Tackk ideas and follow GRA’s Tackk profile here: https://tackk.com/@globalreadaloud.
Find out more about Tackk here: https://tackk.com/gratemplates

Again, the Global Read Aloud does not tell you which tools to use, but I do like to share good ones.  I am excited to use Tackk with my 7th graders to further our global connections.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Support the Global Read Aloud - Limited Edition T-Shirt On Sale Now #GRA14

Are you a part of the Global Read Aloud and proud of it?  Now is your chance to snag a limited edition t-shirt specifically made to support the project.  There are only 150 shirts for sale and they are only available until July 17th.

Why should you consider buying a shirt?  Because it is a great way to show the world your GRA pride, but also because all proceeds will be used for buying books.  I, Pernille, always end up buying books for places that cannot get them and my husband has been not so happy about it.  After all, the GRA does not bring in any kind of revenue ever.  So here is your chance to support the project, get a super awesome tee, and help me stay out of trouble with Brandon.

The only catch is that we have to sell at least 50 of these for them even to be made.    

To purchase your shirt or just take a look at them, please go here.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Share a Book Initiative - New for 2014 #GRA14

image from etsy
I don't think there is much that beats receiving an unexpected package .  After all, the possibility of what could be inside is tantalizing in itself.  Yet, when an unexpected package brings a new book into my hands...pure bliss.  Every year of the Global Read Aloud, people have wondered what they could to to push the connections they make further.  Usually, I stay our of their way and have shied away from doing anything official.  But this year, our 5th Global Read Aloud year, I am ready to take the plunge...

Introducing:  The Share a Book Initiative!  

Once again, it is a very simple ideas, inspired by an unexpected book arrival from Uganda.  All I am hoping (because you do not have to do this) is that once you you start to connect with your chosen school (s), you will send them a book (chapter or picture) that reflects your region, city, state, country, whatever area you choose, or somehow has a connection with where you are.  This way, your students will have to think about which book to send, and the receiving students get  a slice of what life is like where you live.  (You can even send one to me if you feel like it). 

You do not have to do this.  Not everyone can or will.  But if you do, I promise it will add another layer to your connections and global understanding.  And why not spread more great books among us?  After all, books are some of the most powerful connection bringers we have, why not use them for good?

I am a passionate (female) 7th grade teacher in Wisconsin, USA, proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. I have no awards or accolades except for the lightbulbs that go off in my students’ heads every day.  First book “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students” can be purchased now from Powerful Learning Press.   Second book "Empowered Schools, Empowered Students - Creating Connected and Invested Learners" can be pre-ordered from Corwin Press now.  Follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Information for Global Read Aloud 2014

The Global Read Aloud 2014 may be several months away but here at GRA headquarters, which is really just in my head, the wheels are spinning.  Here is some key information for 2014.

Where do I sign up?
Right here

Who is the author study?
The amazing and incredible Peter H. Reynolds is our focus this year.  Here are the books chosen 
Week 1:  The North Star
Week 2:  I'm Here
Week 3:  Ish
Week 4:  Sky Color
Week 5:  Going Places
Week 6:  Your choice!!!

What are the book choices?
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
One for the Murphy's by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

What are the dates?
October 6th through November 14th

Which book should I read with my class?
New this year is the removal of grade levels.  Please read the book that you think will garner the best connections, investments, and discussions in your classroom.  Your know your group best!

Are the authors involved?
Yes, most of them!  I have been in touch with 3 of the 5 and will release details as soon as they are settled.  Some are more involved than others depending on how busy they are.

How do I get connected?
A great place to start are the Edmodo groups that have already been set up.  These are for teachers only, no students, and are meant to be a place to find people to connect with, to ask questions, and to share ideas.  The discussions have already started but will continue throughout the summer.

Peter H. Reynolds Author Study Group on Edmodo https://edmo.do/j/4fpgfb
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Group on Edmodo https://edmo.do/j/hiessv
The Fourteenth Goldfish Group on Edmodo https://edmo.do/j/jcmw82
One For the Murphy's Group on Edmodo https://edmo.do/j/9d3fh9
The Fault in Our Stars Teacher Group on Edmodo https://edmo.do/j/y9fhkx
Mass Facilitator Group - if you are the main contact for a group of teachers in your school or district, this is a great group to join. https://edmo.do/j/mtk6pu

You can also use the hashtag #GRA14 or go to our wiki or Facebook page

Which tools should I use?
Whatever you want!  There are no required tech tools you have to use to connect, but some helpful ones are:

  • Twitter - use the hashtag #GRA14 to stay informed and involved.
  • Edmodo - great way to get connected with other teachers and to create sub groups for students
  • Skype or Google Hangout - this is how you can connect "face to face" with other classrooms
  • Our wiki - you can use this to showcase students work, just ask to join
  • Kidblog or other blogging platform - great way for students to write and start a dialogue about the books 
  • Tackk - fantastic and easy way to publish content on the web for others to interact with - check out the templates that have already been made for teachers

What's the "Share a Book" initiative?
This year, to really bring in the global connections, I hope you will send a book representative of your area to the class (es) you connect with.  I also hope you will mail one to me if you feel like it.  The idea for this extension came from receiving a picture book from Uganda and the impact it had on my school.   

What does this cost?
Nothing, except for the book cost, which you get yourself.  I don't make any money off of this and there is no cost to be a part of it.  
Is this truly global?
Yes!  With more than 200,000 connections made in the past 4 years, GRA is used in over 30 countries on 6 continents, with even more signed up this year.  

Will there be merchandise?
There has been in the past, so probably yes, but I find it to be rather expensive for people to buy which is upsetting to me.  So if you have any ideas of how to make merchandise cheaper and get it to people, please contact me!

I have no clue what to do!
Please read this article by Matt Renwick, which may help you get ideas.  Or contact me p (at) globalreadaloud (dot) com

Who is behind this?
Mass consumer of incredible books, Pernille Ripp, helps students discover their superpower as a former 5th grade teacher, but now 7th grade teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin.  She loves children so much she decided to have 4 of her own with her soulmate Brandon, who keeps her laughing.   Her first book was published this May by Powerful Learning Press entitled "Passionate Learners - Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students." Her work has been featured by Edutopia, School Library Journal, MiddleWeb, Learning & Leading magazine, as well as in many podcasts and interviews.  She teaches others how to give the classroom back to students through webinars, as well as to anyone who walks into her classroom.  


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