Global Read Aloud–#GRA15

I am SO incredibly excited to be participating in the Global Read Aloud this year! What is the Global Read Aloud? Watch the founder, Pernille Ripp, explain it below:

There are selected chapter books for intermediate and middle/high school students, and picture books for younger students. (BUT – these can also be used with older kids as well!)

In our first grade classroom, we will be studying the work of Amy Krause Rosenthal with a 6 week author study.

We kicked off the GRA this week with the book Chopsticks.  If you don’t have this book you MUST add it to your bookshelf!  You may be familiar with this book:

Chopsticks follows the same lovable characters and has another great message.



Meet Chopsticks! They've been best friends forever. But one day, this inseparable pair comes to a fork in the road. And for the very first time, they have to figure out how to function apart. From New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and rising artistic talent Scott Magoon, this witty and inventive tale celebrates both independence and the unbreakable bonds of friendship. Disney Hyperion, 2012

What’s so neat about the Global Read Aloud is that it connects readers from all over the world!  I am connected with a classroom in Virginia, but if you’re participating I would love to connect with you as well!  We can connect via skype, twitter, or e-mail.  Just send an e-mail to

Here are some things we are doing with the book this week:

*We are charting things that go together like:

-peanut butter and jelly
-salt and pepper
-eggs and bacon
-left shoe right shoe
-ketchup mustard
-cookies and milk
-Mickey and Minnie

*We are watching this You Tube Video for demonstrating the use of Chopsticks and practice eating with our chopsticks!

*Of course we MUST watch this Chopsticks Video for the Piano

*And if we still need to practice more will take a look at this Wiki.

And to top if all off we are going to have a fun relay race with our chopsticks! We will be playing “minute to win it” style and move items from one table to another ONLY using our chopsticks!

Finally, we have been recording some of our thinking on these sheets that we will glue into our readers’ notebooks:

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If you would like to use these in your classroom, you can download there {here}.

Week 2 of the GRA is this book:


Comment below with what your plans are for the Amy Krause Rosenthal books! I would love to collaborate on ideas to connect!

Happy Global Read Aloud 2015!