Right now, my two classes are completely obsessed with our read-aloud: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1). I chose the first book in the Percy Jackson series as our final read aloud for the year because it is the perfect tie-in with my kids’ Greece unit in Social Studies. I love the entire series, and was hoping my kids would enjoy the book (and get hooked on the series over the summer). In no way was I prepared for complete and utter obsession that would result!
My students are BEGGING to have more read-aloud time everyday. We stop and talk about the myths that Riordan alludes to and they are quickly becoming experts on Greek mythology. It is a perfect example of using a read-aloud to teach the content areas. My two classes have been reading the novel together and the other two classes on our team have not. During the Greece unit, their social studies teacher has commented numerous times on my class’ enthusiasm and knowledge about the mythology, gods, and goddesses. All of the knowledge has come from the conversations that spring from our read-aloud. No direct instruction, just conversations!
The best part? Many of my students purchased the first 3 books from Scholastic and told me that their plan for this summer is to read the next 3 books in the series. That’s the best thing this reading teacher can hear.