My kindergarten class just finished participating in a wonderful activity called “Reading Around the World”. Although the activity itself is just getting started, we were one of the first participants. The basic gist is that a student chooses a book they like and records themselves reading it. You then add that recording to a collaborative wiki. As classes from all over the world add their recordings to the wiki it grows to represent students from all over the world who are reading books.
You can check out the beginnings of the project at the Help Us Read Around the World wiki.
Each student in my class was able to choose a specific book to read. Some of the students chose books that were at the upper limit of their reading ability. They really felt strongly about giving this project their best effort so I was happy to support their decision. I think they all did a stupendous job!
Here are the audio recordings we created:
Morgan chose to read “In a Dark, Dark Wood” a Traditional Tale which is illustrated by Christine Ross. This is also her favorite book. She likes it because the ghost pops out at the end. Morgan does a great job reading this book. Morgan enjoys reading everyday!
Justin chose to read “Tiny Goes Camping” by Cari Meister and illustrated by Rich Davis. This also happens to be his favorite book. He especially likes the characters and setting. We think Justin did a great job reading this book. Justin enjoys reading everyday!
Tran chose to read “Have You Seen My Cat’ by Eric Carle. Tran’s favorite book is the “Happy Hippo” because she likes smiling hippos. We think Tran does a super good job reading this book. Tran enjoys reading everyday!
Jayson chose to read “I Spy , Little Book” by Jean Marzollo and Illustrated by Walter Wick. His favorite book is “In a Dark, Dark wood”. He likes this book because it’s about a dark wood which he thinks is cool. We think Jayson does a great job reading this book. Jayson enjoys reading everyday!
Molly chose to read the “Happy Hippo” which is illustrated by Vincent Andriani. This also happens to be her favorite book. She likes this book because it is easy for her to read. We think Molly does a great job reading this book. Molly enjoys reading everyday!
Eilidh chose to read “The Chick and the Duckling”, by Mirra Gensburg and illustrated by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey. Her favorite book is “In a Dark, Dark, Wood” because she likes scary books about the woods. We think Eilidh does a great job of reading this book. Eilidh enjoys reading everyday!
Zara chose to read “A Rainbow” by Heather Hammonds. This also happens to be her favorite book. She likes this book because it has a rainbow and sun in it. We think Zara does a great job reading this book. Zara enjoys reading everyday!
Lucia chose to read “Dot and the Dog” by Bobby Lynn Maslen and illustrated by John R. Maslen. This is also her favorite book. She likes it because she knows how to read it. We think Lucia does a great job reading this book. Lucia enjoys reading everyday!
This was a very cool project that the kids really enjoyed being a part of!