It’s Global Read Aloud season! The annual literary tradition kicked off at the end of September, and our students are so excited to be reading and connecting with readers all over the world through amazing common literature.
We are extra excited this year to be the school from the state of Virginia participating in the GRA Postcard Exchange.
To participate in the challenge, our second graders have a LOT of work to do! They’ll need to create 50 postcards to send to schools in each of the United States, based on the work of featured author Yuyi Morales. Luckily, they have some great help: We’ll be reading Morales’ amazing books in Spanish and English, thanks to Señora Roth, our incredible Spanish teacher. Then, reading specialist Mrs. Grant will help us to take our reflections, questions, and drawings, and put them on postcards to be sent to schools all over the country.
This week to kick things off, we peeked at the websites of some of the schools on our postcard list. There were so many things about these schools that looked familiar and different to us! It made us wonder about the readers that would be receiving our postcards. Next we took a closer look at Dreamers, Morales’ newest picture book and the first book on the GRA schedule. There were so many things we loved about this book, we could have spent the whole class just looking and reflecting. But then we had to start planning for our postcards, so together we talked about what makes a letter fun to read, and the best ways to share our thoughts and excitement on a small paper rectangle. Then it was time to get to work! Our postcards are custom made and printed on cardstock, to give us as much blank space as possible to fill with our drawings and letters. 50 postcards is going to take a lot of work, but it’s worth it to know that we’ll be connecting and learning from so many new readers.