• First, we’re having a GREAT time with the One School-One Book program…. Getting “thank you” notes from parents already about how it’s “forcing” some family reading time that they seemed to have lost over the years.
    — Paul Marinko - Principal at St. Paul's Lutheran School - Fort Wayne, IN
  • Since last spring, our entire school has excitedly embraced the One School, One Book Program. We will soon begin our spring selection: A Cricket in Times Square -- the third book we've adopted since the spring of 2010!

    We are so thrilled with the positive impact this program has had on our students, families, and staff
    — Laurie LaRue - First Grade Teacher at Edgewood School - Bristol, CT
  • I think the OSOB program is brilliant. My seven year-old attends Orleans Elementary in Massachusetts and they (we) are reading Masterpiece. Since the grades levels range from one to five at this school, finding a book to suit all is difficult. My daughter can follow the big picture somewhat but we have to reinforce what we’ve read because it’s a lot to take in for her.
    — Glenn Krzeminski - Parent of student at Orleans Elementary - Orleans, MA
  • The One District, One Book program promoted by Read To Them...is a powerful way to systemically address and promote a culture of literacy throughout the entire school system.

    My school actually adopted a hamster and even used it as “pet therapy” for many of the behaviorally challenged children in our school.
    — Kenny Moles of West Virginia

Suggested Activities

  1. Make a Collage http://www.mce.k12tn.net/dogs/shiloh/collage.htm
  2. Make a new book cover
  3. Write a book review
  4. Research dog facts
  5. Make bookmarks
  6. Give advice from a dog
  7. Create a song about Shiloh
  8. Do an acrostic poem
  9. Create your own poem
  10. Rewrite a chapter from the dog’s point of view
  11. Research the author
  12. Make a list of lies, circumstances and results (chapters 6-10)
  13. Describe what you would do if you were Marty
  14. Journal about a tough decision you once had to make (chapters 11-15)
  15. Make dog magnets http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/christmas.html
  16. Illustrate differences and similarities between Judd and Marty
  17. Vocab of the day
  18. Make an Oreo cookie dog http://www.mce.k12tn.net/dogs/crafts/edible.htm
  19. Find West Virginia on a map
  20. Make a West Virginia state flag
  21. Research Beagles
  22. Make a dog bank www.mce.k12tn.net/dogs/shiloh/bank.htm
  23. Journal about what you would do if you found a lost dog
  24. Make a character sketch for Marty
  25. Change the ending
  26. Bake a chocolate cake
  27. Research animal careers
  28. Go fly a kite
  29. Collect cans
  30. Read another Newbery Medal winner
  31. Make a brochure about owning a special pet
  32. Character webs
  33. Journal about a time you had to save up for something
  34. Give advice to Marty on how to solve his problems
  35. Make animal rights poster
  36. Write about a holiday experience
  37. Role play a TV talk show conversation between Melvin Kiser and Marty Preston on the subject of honesty
  38. Find internet sites related to the protection of animals
  39. Write a story about an animal in folktale style
  40. On line activity — Truth or Lies http://mce.k12n.net/dogs/shiloh/truth.htm
  41. Do a good deed for a neighbour
  42. Interview a veterinarian
  43. Make a puppy pencil holder http://familycrafts.about.com/od/dogcrafts/
  44. Marshmallow dog http://www.daniellesplace.com/HTML/dog_crafts.html
  45. Read other books about dogs

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