Global Read Aloud: a shared book across 15 time zones and 16,000 kilometres

This week, we are starting (early) the Global Read Aloud for 2014. This incredible global reading project was created in 2010 by Pernille Ripp, an inspiring teacher from the US. Each year in September/October, classrooms around the world read the same book at the same time and collaborate online through various activities. This year, more than 244,000 students and their teachers have registered across 30 different countries!

Our class has partnered with Mrs Sutton’s class from Lisle, near Chicago. We are actually starting the challenge a couple of weeks early, to account for our South Australian school holidays. When we come back to school in term 4, we will be in synch with the rest of the world!

On Friday last week, the students started their first joint activity: they were given the following word cloud, which was created from the blurb of our novel, “One For The Murphys”:

oneforthemurphysBoth classes had to examine the word cloud and, working in pairs, come up with a prediction about the topic of the novel. The predictions were posted by the students directly onto Padlet on a dedicated board, which is now showing all 41 students’ predictions:

http---padlet.com-psutton2-MurphysWe’re looking forward to starting our shared class novel this week, and to continuing to interact with our American buddies!