Friday, February 24, 2017

And That's A Wrap on World Read Aloud Day 2017!

WOW! 20 Skype sessions in a week! 
Thank you so much to everyone we Skyped with during World Read Aloud Day/Week! We loved meeting all of you and getting a chance to know your class and a little bit about where you live. A special thank you to all the authors we meet! We had so much fun with you! Most importantly, we loved sharing stories and poems with all of you!

Monday! The Shooting Stars kicked off our celebration by reading poems from Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer with Heather Temske and some of her 4th grade students in Georgia. It turns out both of our classes were learning about poetry! We also learned about some of the foods that Georgia is known for.  Our kids were most curious about grits and after hearing about them, some of them are willing to give them a try.

 The Manatee's were disappointed that their Skype session was cancelled due to a snow day. They were also super bummed that a snow day would never be an option for them. We are working to reschedule it. UPDATE: We got to meet some of Ms. MacDonald's second grade students this week! We read It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton and had time to answer a few questions before we had some technical difficulties and had to end our Skype.
The Traveler's read one of their favorite books, The Day The Crayon's Quit by Drew Daywalt out loud to some of Denise Shekleton's 3rd grade students in Iowa. They enjoyed learning about Iowa and the huge temperature difference we have, their 34* vs our 80*.

 Tuesday!  Na Kupulau met some of Joe Romano's students in Vancouver, Washington. He and I read The Day the Crayon's Quit by Drew Daywalt to our students. We then chatted, asking each other about questions about where we lived. We shared with some about some of our favorite foods.
We also had two author Skype sessions today! We met Julie Falatko and Adam Lehrhaupt. You can read all about them in separate blog entries.

Wednesday! The Buff and Blue Crew started things off by Skyping with some of Amanda McCoy's kindergarteners. We read Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to be in This Book) by Julie Falatko and It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton to them.  They then taught us how to say "World Read Aloud Day" in sign language.  So cool!

The Smart Surfers met with children in Connecticut. We read poems together from Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer followed by Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. We had a chance to find out some of the similarities and differences between our two states and  between things we like to do and eat.

Na Honu had a chance to Skype with some of Craig Seaholes second graders in Washington. The students read Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka together. We then all read Fireflies together from Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman.  After asking each other  some questions, it was time for us to say goodbye.

Thursday! We had 6 author/illustrator Skype sessions! We had so much fun meeting Anica Mrose Rissi, Laura Murray, Jess Keating, David Huyck, Josh Funk and Monica Carnesi. You can read all about those Skype sessions in separate entries on this blog.

The Reid Runner's started the day off by reading Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena with some of Ms. Waterich's sixth grade students in Buffalo, New York. We enjoyed taking takes sharing the story and then learning a little bit about where each of us live. We especially enjoyed sharing about the foods we like to eat.
The Bruin's read Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds to some of Mrs. Gaughen's kindergarteners in Minnesota. We loved hearing them laugh as we read it to them.

The Fantastic Foxes met with some of Ms. Jenkins fourth grade students in Illinois. First they read The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson to us. We couldn't decide which book we wanted to read to them so we let them choose. They chose Creepy Carrots. We had so much fun reading it to them.
Na Lupe met with some of Ms. Mabry's library club members in New Mexico. They were from Illinois, Italy and Peru. They read us three stories. We got to hear At the Same Moment, Around the World, The Day the Crayons Quit and Same, Same but Different.
We loved celebrating World Read Aloud Day! Maybe we can celebrate with you next year!

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