In this issue...
The Global Read Aloud
Global Connection Tools
KYTE Learning Challenge featuring Mystery Hangouts with Google Hangouts
The Global Read Aloud
What is it?
An international literacy initiative aimed at connecting students and teachers through great books and technological tools.
Make as many global connections as possible, revolving around the title most appropriate for your students during a 6 week period, October 1st through November 9th, 2018.
You decide how many connections you want to make. The scope and depth of the project is up to you!
What is the mission of the project?
This project makes the world a little smaller.
Students are able to celebrate differences and learn from one another.
It will aid in creating cultural competencies that are vital to becoming effective citizens of the world.
How do I connect?
There are many ways to connect! Start with the #GRA18 Facebook page, as there are people looking to make connections every day!
For those reading the picture books, there is a site dedicated to making connections.
You can use any tool to connect. Some popular methods include the following:
Flipgrid, Padlet, Skype, Google Hangout, Twitter, postcards, e-mails, letters, photos
It can be as high or low tech as you wish!
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The early reader choice is Elana K. Arnold's A Boy Called Bat. This story, which is perfect for 2nd-4th graders, revolves around Bixby Alexander Tam, who everyone calls Bat. Bat, who has autism, makes a strong connection with a baby skunk that his mother brings home . Of course, this means he wants to keep it! Read to find out if his pet dreams come true. Check out the educator's guide for additional resources.
This year's author and illustrator choice for picture books is Julie Flett and Monique Gray Smith. The books featured by this duo are My Heart Fills with Happiness, Wild Berries, You Hold Me Up, A Day with Yayah, and When We Were Alone. During the 6th week of the Global Read Aloud, teachers are encouraged to choose their own final book. These books were chosen to celebrate the art of indigenous writers and illustrators, and readers will be delighted to learn about First Nations culture through these stories.
The middle school choice is Refugee by Alan Gratz. This important book weaves the stories of 3 characters who experience life as refugees at distinct points in history. Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Germany, Isabel is a Cuban girl living in 1994, and Mamoud is a Syrian boy living in 2015. Each of these kids experience tremendous hardships and demonstrate the desire of refugees to simply survive. Check out the discussion guide to prepare to share this book.
The upper elementary school choice is Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. This story, which was inspired by the true story of Malala Yousafzai, revolves around a young Pakastani girl who wants nothing more than to go to school and learn. However, after a humiliating public incident, she must work as a servant to pay off a family debt instead. In her new environment, education seems impossiible. Is all hope lost? Check out Aisha Saeed's website for fantastic educator resources.
Global Connection Resources
The Global Read Aloud is all about making connections. This is a great opportunity to use new digital tools in a very meaningful way. You can connect with other classrooms any way you wish, including using e-mail or snail mail; however, the resources below make global connections easy and fun!
Welcome to our Kyte Challenge! Each week in Media Weekly we will highlight a Kyte Learning course. You (alone or with colleagues) can learn a new skill a week while you add up CEU credits!
It's easy to use and a great way to get one on one feedback for student comprehension. Click on the Kyte link and use your DCS login and password.
This week's challenge is to learn about Mystery Hangouts with Google Hangouts. This tool could be integrated perfectly with the #GRA18. This course shows users how to make meaningful, engaging connections with other classrooms around the world. Help students hone their critical thinking skills while guessing the location of another class around the world!
Twitter is one of the best ways to connect during the #GRA18. Elana K. Arnold and Aisha Saeed will be sharing videos weekly and will answer students' questions via Twitter. Their handles are @ElanaKArnold and @aishacs.
Padlet is a collaboration tool that enables those with a shared link to interact in an organized space. Users can share links, documents, pictures, videos, and more. Check out the DCS #GRA18 Connections Padlet!
Flipgrid enables users to share videos on a specific topic. There is already a Flipgrid for Alan Gratz's book Refugee. Use the password Gra2018! to join. This is a great way to connect with another class reading any of the titles. reach out and share your link!