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Enliven your Classroom with Read Across America!

Calling all classrooms! It’s time to read across America!

Every year the National Education Association hosts Read Across America, a program that helps classrooms around the country embrace the wonders of reading. The NEA’s Read Across America Calendar outlines suggested books for each month to help you plan your lessons ahead of time. No matter what grade level, they have you covered! And as a bonus, they provide resources and activities to bring the stories to life with your students!

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one."-George R. R. Martin Share

So, how does 3Doodler help students read across America?

At 3Doodler, not only do we understand the importance of reading, we also know that learning takes place by reflecting on the stories that have been read. We’ve picked out two of our ELA Lessons for your Read Across America curriculum that will help your students lift the stories off the page!

Now, let’s have students explore what they’ve read in a fun and tactile way!

Elementary School

Puppets and Props (Story Retelling) Puppets and Props (Story Retelling)

In this English Language Arts activity, students partake in a read aloud, shared or guided reading experience with the classroom, then work together to enact a scene from the story using Doodled finger puppets. Story retells are a great way to build language, speaking and listening skills. The students’ puppet shows will reflect an understanding of story structure, sequence, and reading comprehension.

Suggested Books

Pie is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard
Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh

Middle and High School

3Doodler Stop-Motion 3Doodler Stop-Motion

Students identify the theme of a fictional text, summarize a scene that best reflects the theme, and create a 3Doodler stop-motion animation to enact the selected scene. Creative thinking skills will be integrated into this hands-on project that will help you assess your students’ level of comprehension.

Suggested Books

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Be sure to share your Read Across America projects with the EDU community on Twitter! @3Doodler #3Doodler #ReadAcrossAmerica

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