Elementary School teachers read aloud to their students just about every day. But this week, a new twist has been added. The entire building has come together to do a shared read-aloud of Wishtree, an inspiring story that tackles the issue of prejudice, and the importance of kindness and acceptance.
The award-winning 224-page book is geared toward readers ages 8-12.
For the last couple of weeks, teachers (as well as building and district staff) have recorded themselves reading a chapter. The audio or video files are now available to be played by teachers in classrooms. Teachers could read aloud a chapter a day or have students take turns doing the same. The read-along project is flexible enough to let teachers adopt the best way to finish the book by Arbor Day (April 24), when the whole school will plant its own "wishtree," and everyone will tie their own wishes onto it.
Thanks to Rebecca McLean, library media specialist, for bringing the idea to the building this year.