Instead of Read Across America Day the international school that I work at (in Venezuela) calls it Read Across CIC. Last week my third grade class met the eighth graders who we would be working with, we reviewed the book that we had read earlier in the year (Horton Hears a Who), and the eighth graders formed teams with my third graders to make a plan to create the loudest musical “instrument” for the big day. Yesterday we brought in the recycled materials, met up with our groups, and began building our music instruments.
My class read the book aloud, listened to it at a listening station, and students had the opportunity to hear it again at home over the weekend on Youtube. The eighth graders were supposed to at least listen to the book. Everyone knew that the goal for our Read Across CIC period was to help the Whos make more noise so the other animals could hear them.
They had so much fun working in these mixed age groups and just building the instruments. Then they were finally given the chance to test out which team created the loudest instrument. THEY HAD A BLAST!
I really wish I could post pictures here of their smiling faces but my school doesn’t allow pics of students on the web.
Instead I will have to leave you with a picture of the instruments my student teams created:
It is so lovely when different age groups work together!
I agree! I was worried that the eighth graders would feel “too cool” to make instruments out of recycled materials, but they loved it too.
Oh I just know they had a blast. This was wonderful. I can just imagine the cacophonous delight.
Thankfully my class has a door leading right outside so at least we were able to do the “sound tests” in the open air!
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This is a great post! I like how your school took Read Across America and made it apply to your situation. I also thought it very special to have middle school students work with the younger students. Are you doing other reading month activities?
My third grade class is going to start doing lit circles, but I haven’t heard of other classes doing anything different.