Galloway 5th Grade, Atlanta, GA



Our Galloway fifth graders are participating in the GRA for the third year. We are an independent school located in beautiful Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA. Our 41 fifth graders are middle schoolers, unlike many of our local schools, so they come to me only for Language Arts, and they enjoy feeling a little more grown up and independent! The Galloway culture is strong on reading and many of our students participate in Book Clubs and Reading Bowls after school. Our library is an unusually energetic and inviting place that grows readers.



Last year, we loved figuring out where our partner schools were using Mystery Skype and yes or no questions. We are reading Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt this year. We are willing to Skype, use Edmodo, try Edublog….or share Google Docs. Notice and Note (Kylene Beers and Bob Probst) close reading strategies were immensely helpful last year and we will be looking for signposts as we read. We look forward to making connections with you!





The 4/5s at Yahl Primary School

We are a 4/5 class from Yahl, South Australia. Our rural school counts 88 students at the moment. Yahl is 10kms away from Mount Gambier in South Australia. Mount Gambier is famous for its Blue Lake, and is located on the slope of an extinct volcano. There are many caves and sinkholes in and around the Mount Gambier area. The local industries are farming and timber harvesting.

There are 21 students in our class at the moment. We are looking forward to reading the Year of Billy Miller and to connecting with other classes around the world and within Australia.



Year 5 at St Andrew’s, Manchester UK

We are a year 5 class located in Salford, Manchester – where the rain never stops!  Although our town centre is very small, there are lots of wonderful things to do and visit around us. Up the road we have Salford Quays, where many TV shows (including Coronation Street) are now filmed. A lot of us also enjoy spending our weekends at the Trafford Centre or watching our favourite football teams (Manchester United or City) play.

This is our first time participating in Global Read Aloud and we’re really excited to connect with schools from all over the world reading The Year of Billy Miller.


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3FS Vegemites, Bowen, Australia


We are the 3FS Vegemites. We are a Year 3 class at Queens Beach State School in Bowen, Queensland, Australia. Bowen is located at the top of the Whitsundays and usually has lovely warm winters. It has beautiful beaches, the Big Mango and a water park. This is our first time participating in Global Read Aloud and we are looking forward to communicating with other schools and reading The Year of Billy Miller.




4th Grade at Westwood Elementary, Spring Branch ISD, Houston, TX

This is my third year to participate in the GRA experience. We are a class of 9 and 10 year olds. We are located in Houston, Texas. Houston is the 4th most populated city in the nation and is the largest in the southern USA and Texas. It was founded in 1836.  We are located near Galveston, which a coastal city in the Gulf of Mexico. We are 43 feet above sea level. It is a large metropolis that extending to Galveston Bay. Space Houston is located nearby, which has the visitor center NASA where the astronauts train and flight control is located there. We have a theater district located near downtown. The outer areas of Houston are made up of smaller communities called suburbs. We are home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. We are a city that enjoys our sports teams, such as, Houston Texans (football), Astro’s (baseball), Rockets (basketball), and Dynamos (soccer). We are looking forward to reading Fish in a Tree and making connections around the world.


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Year 6 Edens Landing State School

Hi there,
We are 6C! We are wonderful class full of 22 awesome, amazing and talented kids. Our school is a great school situated in the Logan district of beautiful sunny Queensland, Australia. We are lucky as we live halfway between the bustling Brisbane City and the beautiful Gold Coast beaches. We are also a 20 min drive to the various theme parks located in our region.

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These include Dream World, Wet ‘n ‘Wild, Movie World and Sea World.

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Our school logo is the Rainbow Lorikeet as it is a bird that you can always see in our area.


This is our first time being part of the Global Reading Aloud Challenge and we look forward to communicating with others schools and reading Fish in A Tree.

Merinda Seniors, Nth Qld, Australia

Greetings from the Tullycrew! We are a multiage class located in a suburb 10 kilometres north of Bowen. We currently have students in years 5/6 in our class. We are situated at the tip of the Whitsundays and are close to the Great Barrier Reef.

Bowen is a coastal town with the primary industry being farming.  There are also a lot of families employed in the mining sector. The population is approximately 10 000 people (in the district).

Bowen is well-known for its scenic coastline, fantastic fishing and delicious mangoes!




Level 5 and 6 at Antoni Gaudi School, Barcelona, Spain

About Us

We are two 5th and two 6th grade classes of English language learners. Our school is located in Santa Margarida de Montbui in the northern area of Barcelona, approximately 60 Km from the big city.

Barcelona is Catalonia’s capital and it’s a city brimming with art, culture and traditions. You can find many works designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, such as the Sagrada Familia or Park Güell, being the most representative of his legacy.

However, if you step off the beaten track and venture out of the city, you will find Montserrat, a mountain which is an exponent of surreal art that we can see just by looking out our window, or La Tossa de Montbui, a Romanesque church that stands alongside the ruins of an ancient castle.

Our gastronomy is also worth mentioning as it brings together a delicious variety of typical Catalan flavours sourced from the nearby countryside, mountains and sea. Human castles, the “sardana” dance, the “running fire” or “Patufet” are some of our most popular traditions.

This is our first time participating in GRA. and we are extremely delighted to be working with classrooms from around the world.  We are looking forward to developing our relationships across the globe and learning a lot.



Level 3 at Hawthorne STEM Waukesha Wisconsin USA

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This is our second year participating in Global Read Aloud.  Last year we enjoyed interacting with students from within the United States as well as Canada.  This year we are excited to connect with students even further.  We are two classrooms together in a large space and students are in grades 4 and grades 5 – we teach in a multiage format.  I am the literacy and social studies teacher lead, my teaching partner is math and science lead and we plan and meet with students centered around their individual needs and strengths.  Waukesha is outside of Milwaukee Wisconsin which is the largest city in our state, located next to Lake Michigan.  We are looking forward to reading Fish in a Tree.