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GRA#13OOMM: A Melody-Inspired Day

It was messy. Our neighbors probably said it was loud. To an uninvited guest, it would have seemed chaotic. But for my students- it was pure bliss!

As most of you know, we have been participating in The Global Read Aloud Project. We have made some awesome connections with friends from all over the globe, as well as one another, and have had many great conversations surrounding Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper....but we wanted more.

Much can be said about a group of school children bonding over a character and her story. By reading the fictional story of Melody and her special needs, my students started to think about our own friends here at our own school who also deal with special needs on a daily basis, just as Melody and her family do. This set into motion a plan. Originally we discussed performing a play, but due to some limitations, we knew a play wouldn't work, so we gathered as a class to decide what we could do for them. This evolved into a student-created, student-delegat…