Wondering Coast to Coast: A Read Aloud Project

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October 4th, 2012

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Edmodo is a great way to connect your students for a book club or read aloud and today we’d like to spotlight a project from the Edmodo Community doing just that.

Wonder, by RJ Palacio, is a story of a young boy with a deformity which prevents him from going to a mainstream school until 5th grade. Bullying, kindness, physical disabilities, family issues, friendship, and even the love of a pet are just a few of the issues weaved expertly into the story.

In an effort to encourage friends and colleagues to share this story in middle school classrooms all over the country, Edmodo educators Robert Miller and Lisa Highfill have created Wondering Coast to Coast, a collaborative effort to combine 21st century learning, Common Core Standards, reading strategies, and project based learning into one exciting project that ties together literature, collaboration, and empathy.

Edmodo will be used as the anchor for the project. As you read Wonder aloud to your class, students can connect with each other and their partnering peers to share mutual connections and unique perspectives within their Edmodo group. This is a great opportunity to engage your students with other classrooms around the world!

If you are interested in participating in the program, Robert and Lisa  have created a google doc that explains all of the components planned to-date, including reading strategies, collaboration ideas and a culminating project. You’re invited to add your own ideas or alter these plans to customize your own program.

The project begins mid-October. Complete the sign up form to connect with a teaching partner and begin Wondering Coast to Coast!

Please note that Wondering Coast to Coast is not affiliated with the Global Read Aloud run by @PernilleRipp, which is also starting in October. 

6 responses to “Wondering Coast to Coast: A Read Aloud Project”

  1. Great Post ! edmodo.com is really a great platform

  2. Tracy Durkee says:

    Sounds like a good idea!

  3. Paige says:

    I am already reading it. Great book. You should read it.

  4. Kathleen Fields says:

    I have 2 six grade classes on Long Island NY that are just begining the book. Interested in pairing up! 🙂

  5. Dolores Sanchez says:

    I have started reading, “Wonder.” My students are keeping a journal and notes, and we are also creating an EMPATHY quilt. Each student selected a synonym for empathy and created a picture, symbol for the word. They are now in the process of sewing or painting.
    Great book!!!!

    • Eileen DeCarmine says:

      I love the empathy quilt idea. I am almost finished with the book and I think the students would love to do a project like that. My students cannot wait until I read Wonder aloud to them each day. I’ve never seen them gather in the circle so quickly! Absolutely wonderful book!

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