Saturday, October 10, 2015

Global Read Aloud in 3rd Grade!

Katy here!

Our class read aloud for the past few weeks has been Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.  The students initially thought it was very sad, especially compared to our most recent read aloud, Judy Moody, by Megan McDonald.  Fish in a Tree, or FIAT, is more serious than Judy Moody, and a significantly higher reading level.  It hasn't been as easy to listen to, but it is that much more enjoyable to listen to.  We love it for its depth.  The characters seem more like real people and less like cartoons.

Watch this trailer featuring FIAT.

We reached chapter 32 before realizing that the Global Read Aloud 2015 includes FIAT as one of its choices.  Even though we're a little late signing up (it started Oct. 4 and Mrs. Engle learned of it on Oct. 7), and we're a little ahead in our reading, we are all in!  The Global Read Aloud is such a simple concept but its impact on readers across the planet is major.

We're seeking connections with other classrooms so we can share in moderated discussion with other students about this book.  Weekly questions are posted on Twitter using the hastag, #GRAFIAT.  We'll compose an answer as a class and post it using Mrs. Engle's twitter account: @mrs_engle (keeping all students anonymous).

There are MANY other opportunities for students to think deeply about the characters and themes in this rich book.  Stay tuned for updates.

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