World Read Aloud Day was founded in 2010 as an opportunity for people all around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone.
This year, grades 1-4 celebrated this event together on Wednesday, February 5. Students met in the Commons and were paired up with a student from another grade. Pairs rotated through four different reading activities in the Lower School. Each teacher read from a book and then the students completed different activities with their partners. Teachers and students alike enjoyed the morning!
First Grade Experiences
In First Grade, we read a variety of Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. The stories are all about friendship (being a good friend, helping our friends, etc.). We paired the children up and let them choose which of the books they wanted to read. Then they read together, each child taking a turn reading. After reading, we made balloon Elephant and Piggies to bring home.
Second Grade Experiences
In second grade we read a book titled “One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia “. It is a true story about how one woman from Gambia began a movement to recycle plastic bags that were polluting her community. Then we made friendship bracelets with partners out of plastic grocery bags.
Here is a quote from Isatou Ceesay…”People thought I was too young and that women couldn’t be leaders. I took these things as challenges; they gave me more power. I didn’t call out the problems-I called out solutions.”
Fourth Grade Experiences
In 4th grade we read selections from “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls”. First, we made a graffiti wall of adjectives that describe the people featured in the selections. Then, our students wrote the introduction to their own possible biography in the same format as the book.