I really wanted to incorporate the global collaboration aspect into our work. We were already using Edmodo as a class and Pernille uses it as a platform for her work too. A Fourteenth Goldfish group was created and was integral to my teaching. So many teachers went online and were working together to get our classes to Skype about the ideas in the book. It was an amazing PLN (Professional Leaning Network).
Another platform we used was Kidblog. Kidblog is a way to create safe, simple blogs for your students. I would give the kids two questions to choose from as we read different chapters and blog about them. You can create tags to organize the blog posts and a blogroll of classrooms you’re collaborating with. That makes it super easy for kids to visit other blogs and leave comments. The kids love getting comments from others. You can see my kids’ work here.
I also made sure to integrate internet resources such as youtube videos. The main premise of the book is aging and the idea of the fountain of youth. I used the following true video about the immortal jellyfish to spark interest and discussion.
Some themes to consider while reading this book: science ethics, science, divorce, friendship, aging, family, intergenerational relationships, growth mindset, and stereotypes.
I loved this book so much, I created a close reading guide for it. I want to be able to use this text with all my future classes. You can find it at my TPT store.
Consider joining The Global Read Aloud this year. We will be reading Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt!
It should be no surprise that my entire TpT Store will be 20% off in honor of Teacher Appreciation Days.
Thanks for all you do as teachers and I hope you enjoy the various resources I've created to make your life just a little bit easier ;-)
If you're like me, you remember the days when your teacher would wheel in the television and play the latest episode of Bill Nye, The Science Guy. Science wasn't my favorite subject, but Bill Nye made it more fun and interesting for me. I think kids today can still appreciate these episodes. I also encourage you to check out his new website below. He's still providing great educational resources for teachers and students!