This week we started connecting globally with other kindergarten classes through the global read aloud. We tweet everyday and read posts from other kindergarten classes, but this project really hit home with them. I explained that so many kindergarten classes would be reading the same book at the same time. They were mesmerized. They were excited. They wanted to know what it would look like. Being a part of the global read aloud means that my students are part of a bigger community and I am also a part of a larger network.
For primary grades, the global read aloud is focusing on Eric Carle for six weeks. This week was week one: The Hungry Caterpillar (one of my all time favorites). We were already studying farm animals and it seemed to tie right in. Using my edmodo group, I was linked to a great puppet show of the story. Many of my students were already familiar with it. We watched the puppet show on the smartboard and then we moved on to the read aloud. I always love to hear what the students think Eric Carle uses to make his pictures. Several students thought crayons. One budding artisit thought he uses crayons with “water paint” on top. We visited the Eric Carle website to learn about his collage technique. Needless to say, the students loved it.
Our next step was to respond to the story. We discussed our favorite parts. I modeled using the Hello Crayon app on the iPad to create a picture of my favorite part.
My favorite part was Saturday – the day he ate just about everything.
From that point – they were on their own to create freely. We started this during our writing time and worked diligently, productively, almost silently straight through our afternoon rotations. They explored the app and its finishes with the colors.
The creations are beautiful. I loved hearing why they chose to illustrate what they did and why they made the drawings look a certain way.
I then uploaded their creations into the Showbie app (more on Showbie from my mentor here and here). This app gives us the opportunity to curate class projects and digital portfolios with the iPad. I am still in the process of compiling all student illustrations to complete our class book. I will share once it is complete! (Technology is a wonderful, albeit fickle at times, tool).
For more information on Global Read Aloud 2013 – Please visit: http://globalreadaloud.wikispaces.com/