Team Murch and the Global Read Aloud

MurchGRAStudents in Mrs. Murch’s 4th grade class at Brooks School Elementary participated in their first Global Read Aloud. Students read aloud The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo with over 1,000 other classrooms world-wide! They were connected with teachers and students from 10 states and 3 countries through Edmodo, Skype, Twitter and even created their own blog using KidBlog:

MurchGRA1Students were given opportunities to participate in weekly virtual literature circles with classes from Texas and Philadelphia. “My students absolutely LOVED being connected to such an incredible project. They looked forward to our read aloud every day and blogging with other classes. They were ecstatic about participating in a project with over 1, 000 classrooms. They really took pride in their writing, retelling, questioning and inquiry during this process. We’ve made some amazing connections and will continue this concept with our next book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. My goal for them this year is to realize that there are no longer four walls for their learning, experiences, creativity and investigations; the possibilities are truly endless.”

-Submitted by Amy Murch, Brooks School Elementary, Fourth Grade


Why the Global Read Aloud? “Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them.”     Pernille Ripp (Creator of GRA)