Shapes all around

What shapes do you see around you?

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Snails by Marcus

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The Worth of You by Pernille Ripp creator of the Global Read Aloud

http://theglobalreadaloud.com/2015/11/22/the-worth-of-you/

November 22, 2015
The Worth of You

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Cross-posted from my blog

Lynda Mullaly Hunt made me cry yesterday. Right in the middle of a panel session on the community of the Global Read Aloud. I had held my tears back all throughout as the authors had shared what it means to have their book read and loved by so many children on a global scale. I had held my tears back as they had talked about the ways that their books had changed the lives of others, how children had found hope, courage, and determination through their pages. Yet when Lynda told me that the slide showing a globe was for me because I had changed the world. I cried. And then Lynda cried, and I sat there in awe because I never set out to make a difference, I simply wanted to read a book aloud to my students and have them share their thoughts.

So I write this post not to gloat in the Global Read Aloud glory. Nor to say that I am anything special, but more so to tell people that your ideas have worth. That your ideas may make a difference to someone else. That those ideas you carry inside need to be spoken because you will never know what type of difference they may make.

And yes, it is scary to speak a dream aloud. And yes, it is scary to let others in . And yes, it is scary to be proud of what you have created. But it is worth it. Even if your idea changes the course for one other person, or even if just changes yours, it will never change anything if you do not speak out loud. If you do not share.

I never set out to make a difference, I wish I could say I had. But it happened, if even just for my own students as they fell in love with a book year after year and wanted to make the world a better place. Because I dared to speak aloud. I dared to think that perhaps someone somewhere would see the beauty in this so simple idea. And so the Global Read Aloud will continue to make a difference for so many kids, for so many teachers, as we gather in this time of terrorism, uncertainty and a world determined to be dark at times. We need books to connect us because the world seems to be trying to tear us apart at times. We need books to remind us that we are more alike than different. We need books and experiences and emotions so that we can remember that we are humans first and that whatever difference we may have can be overcome.

I never set out to change the world, and I am not even sure that I have. But I had an idea that I dared speak aloud and now cannot imagine a world without it. Share yours; change the world.

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How To Make A Cake by Alexandra

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Global Read Aloud by Claire

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Glow Ball Read Dahl Loud by Ryan

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Global Ball Read Dahl Loud by Alan

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Glow Ball Read Dahl Loud by Marcus

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Glow Ball Read Dahl Loud!

Today we celebrated the last day of the Global Read Aloud project.

gra_512The author we studied, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, loves to play with words.  We enjoyed her wordplay in I Scream Icecream!  We also read her awesome books, Chopsticks, The OK book, Duck! Rabbit!, The Exclamation Point, and It’s Not Fair!

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She suggested a Glow Ball Read Dahl Loud culminating celebration for the project.

roald_logoWe brought in flashlights and Glowsticks.  We dressed up like we were going to a Ball, and we read an excerpt of the Oompa Loompa song from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Roahl Dahl.

 

This project has connected us with classrooms in Turkey, Hong Kong, Canada, and outside Boston.  We have used twitter, padlet, Skype, and we’ve learned about lots of other technology applications we want to try.  We’ve written responses to many of the books and many of us are writing about the project today!

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I look forward to participating again next year.  We are inspired to read a Roahl Dahl chapter book aloud, and I’d also like to look at the books from previous Global Read Alouds.

What was your favorite part of the Global Read Aloud?

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We loved The Elements!

image image image image image image image image image image image image image image imageAt two o’clock today, the fifth graders did a performance for the rest of the school. It was in the gym. The play we had at Willowbrook was about the Elements: Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind. We really liked it! There was lots of music. We liked how the people made people fly in the air. We liked when the Earth kept going up and then down again. The Earth wasn’t real, it was just a big ball. We really liked the fire on the drums (The fire wasn’t real). The fire performance was very loud. We liked the drawings of the sun, the water, and the people they made. We liked the raindrops hanging down from the ceiling. We liked how they sang the really pretty song and they turned their raindrops over.

 

Did you like the performance? What was your favorite part? How would you show the Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water if you were making your own Elements show?

 

We hope the evening show goes well, too! We hope the fifth graders had fun performing!

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