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Monday, February 11, 2013

Plant it Forward

Thursday was a bit of a idea mash-up in my library.  The book Plant a Kiss met up with World Read Aloud Day.
The second graders and I watched the book trailer for and then read Plant a Kiss written by the amazing Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by the equally amazing Peter H. Reynolds.

I read this book with last year's second graders and knew that the messages of hope, kindness and sharing resonated with them. You can look at last year's experience and the students reactions to the book here: Plant a Kiss and Plant This and This and This...

This year, I made a bigger effort to connect the reading of the book to LitWorld's World Read Aloud Day, the theme of which is Read It Forward.  World read Aloud Day is March 6th - you've go time to get on board!  

The students created a beautiful tapestry of hope and kindness.
After a discussion on the concept of "paying something forward," the students brainstormed ideas or things they could each plant that would make the world better for another person.  Two of my favorites: Harmony and Books.
I explained to the students that we were going to Read it Forward by giving a copy of Plant a Kiss to LitWorld along with their read it forward/plant it forward pictures.  Here are more of their planted ideas:

What will you do to Read It Forward? 
World Read Aloud Day is March 6th.  
Watch this video:

Their Stories Change the World: Voices from LitWorld LitClubs Around the World from LitWorld on Vimeo.

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