My one and ONLY Awesomeness for the day: My new favorite read aloud of all time
Did I give it away in my post title? That's right....it's WONDER by R.J. Palacio! Forgive me if you've already read this gem to your students and know all about its AWESOMENESS. If you have never heard of this or read this...go as quickly as you can and pick up a copy of this. Scholastic has a hard copy right now for $12.oo or you can use bonus points for purchase. Amazon is sellin' it for $9.59 or has a Kindle edition for $7.99. I would definitely suggest this book for 4th or 5th grade and higher. Even if you teach a lower elementary grade, I suggest readin' this for yourself. It's THAT GOOD!
I introduced Wonder by showin' this short video clip to my students from R.J. Palacio's website.
I strongly suggest makin' your way through R.J. Palacio's website to give you, the teacher, some background knowledge before you begin readin' the book. The FAQ section will answer many questions that you might have.
I must share some blog posts about Wonder, written by The Wild Rumpus. I showed the videos to my class that she shared and suggested. WOW! That's all I can say. Talk about sparkin' some phenomenal conversations in my room. I waited though to share these until after we learned what Auggie looked like in his sister Via's point of view. I don't want to say anymore because I don't want to ruin it for you if you haven't yet discovered the wonder of Wonder.
Every year our Media Specialist sends out a Google Doc to sign up for books that we'd like to see purchased for our school library. I jumped on that email so fast and asked for her to please order at least one copy for each 5th grade teacher and if at all possible, a class set for check out. I WILL be readin' this book EVERY year.