This year, first and second grade participated in the GRA by reading books by Australian author, Mem Fox. To introduce the concept of Global Read Aloud, we started with All Over the World. During our next session, we read Koala Lou, which has many Australian animal characters. Then we brainstormed a list of Austin animals and shared our ideas with other classes on a Padlet. Finally, students took a Google Lit Trip around Australia to see the places visited and learn more about the foods eaten in Possum Magic.
Over the last two weeks, first and second graders have had an opportunity to read some of the letters we received back. We've gotten letters from all over the globe, including Canada and Thailand! It's been a fun experience for all and has left us feeling a little more connected to our fellow students around the world.