Springdale School Read Aloud

by mrsapia

Inspired by the Global Read Aloud, Springdale Elementary School has decided to host its first annual Springdale School Read Aloud.  Grade 3-5 are going to participate, due to time constraints of the primary grades.  Our specialists and ESL teachers were also given a copy of the book to read to incorporate discussion and activities into their respective classrooms,too.

The book we are reading is “The Tale of Despereaux,” by Kate DiCamillo.  Anyone who has read the story can attest to how beautifully written it is.  Our timeline for reading is below:

March 17-28:    Chapters 1-15        Pages 11-81
March 31- April 11:    Chapters 16 -33     Pages 82-171
April 21- May 9:   Chapter 34-Coda   Pages 175-270

The administrative team and I drew up this plan to continue to build on the positive momentum of  creating a community of readers.  It’s imperative to teach our students skills and strategies to become better readers.  It is equally important for teachers to read aloud for the sake of pure enjoyment. The playing field is leveled and it gives classrooms an opportunity to connect, share ideas, and discuss the book.

Students will be meeting with different classes, on a bi-weekly basis, to show creative ways to demonstrate their understanding of the text.  This will be done every other Friday for an hour.  The possibilities for collaboration are endless and the conversations already happening are so powerful.  Students have been talking about making book trailors using Animoto, Haiku Decks, Google Presentation, Kidblog, and good old fashion poster board.  Their voices will be heard in this process and creativity is encouraged.

Students will be promoting the book over the PA during morning announcements as well.  Students will be discussing vocabulary, sharing thoughts about plot lines, and overall impressions of the book.  There has also been discussion about having a centralized bulletin board for students to use during the read aloud.

Sample activities and questions can be found below using my social bookmarking link on Diigo.

Tale of Despereaux Diigo Links

I plan on updating my blog frequently about the successes of this read aloud and what we can improve on for next year.  As always, feedback and comments are always welcome.  I’d love to hear from teachers and/or administrators about how you implemented a building wide read aloud.