In my previous post, I mentioned visiting Jee Young’s classroom in Singapore this past fall.
Not only was I able to observe a science lesson, I also got to read aloud ish by Peter H. Reynolds. During the read aloud, Jee Young prepared questions for me to ask her students based on things they were already discussing as a class.
Each student sat with a pencil in hand and their Reader’s Notebook opened. Since I am used to working with younger students, I tried my hand at a few jokes, loving it when the students not only got my jokes but responded back… Or even when they didn’t get my jokes because of cultural differences, meh, it happens.
Throughout the reading I paused to ask questions and give the students time to “Stop and Jot” their answers. It was great hearing their responses and listening to them connect what they wrote to what another classmate said.
This is something I do with my first grade students, only it looks a little different. Instead of them writing I model it for them during our read alouds, stopping to jot my thoughts on sticky notes. During their independent reading time is when they get to “Stop and Jot” on sticky notes which they keep collected in their Reader’s Notebook. Since they don’t stop and jot during read alouds, I have them do the good ‘ol “Turn and Talk” with their partner. Then, they have to share with the class what their partner said, to help them listen to each other better.
After my read aloud I took my own mini-tour of Jee Young’s classroom and here are a couple of things I really liked (out of the many!).
Jee Young giving her students book recommendations (thumbs up Jee Young!):
The baskets she uses to organize her books, I love them!
When I arrived back in Korea I shared the same book, ish, with my class, and they loved it. A few other favorite read alouds of mine are:
the dot by Peter H. Reynolds
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems (I mean anything by Mo, you can’t go wrong…)
Press Here by Herve Tullet (Jee Young and I did a project using this book with our classes years back and wrote about it here!)
Read about Jee Young doing a guest read aloud with my class a couple of years ago here.
What are some of your favorite read alouds? I would love to know, leave a comment!