Stay Connected During Covid-19 with Diverse Picture Book Read Alouds

As teachers (or even parents) we know that children thrive with structure and routine. Establishing expectations allows for a sense of familiarity and comfort, no matter what the setting may be. Many non-teachers may be finding this out now as we hunker down with our families to practice social distancing for a few weeks…I don’t know about you, but two days in and I’m already questioning my teaching AND parenting skills. So…

Here is the schedule I came up with (for a 3, 4, and 11 year old):

With that being said, in an attempt to bring some normalcy and routine to my 4th graders, I started recording daily picture book read alouds. My class will typically begin or end our Social Justice Morning Meeting with a picture book aligned to an idea that we discussed, or a significant person related to the topic. This month, we were working our way through HereWee Reed’s 31 Days of Women’s History printable. Even though I don’t have access to all of my books, I am trying to keep the theme alive by continuing to highlight important women and their achievements.

Here are some of the videos I’ve completed so far:

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
A brand new title for 2020!
Patricia’s Vision: The Doctor Who Saved Sight
Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told

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Stay healthy & keep reading!


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