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
1. Dinosaurs – Obviously, study dinosaurs. This is a natural and in fact there are undoubtedly already lots of students in your school who already know a lot about dinosuars. The trick here is probably to customize further exploration of dinosaurs by grade level – from coloring dinosaurs to making dinosaur dioramas. Many students will surely want to learn the names of different dinosaurs. Perhaps there could be a public location in the school where you can post as many dinosaur types – silhouettes, posters, species taxonomies – as you can find or the kids can create. Science units in upper grades can surely choose to study dinosaur habitats and ecosystems. And probably explore and answer debated questions like why the dinosaurs died out. Students could learn about those famous finds in the Gobi Desert and the dinosaur fields in Wyoming and Utah. Or study in more detail the relationship between dinosaurs and birds (referenced by everyone from Oliver Butterworth to Michael Crichton). You could even have Dinosaur Day and have each class present their findings or creations to the whole school. This could be an in-school assembly – or an evening for parents.
2. Paleozoology – It is possible to study more than dinosaurs. Nate Twitchell doesn’t ask too many questions of Dr. Ziemer – but Dr. Ziemer clearly knows more than just dinosaurs. Some teachers may want to explore further – to learn about all the animals and ecosystems of a different time period. In particular, they may want to learn about the How of how scientists – biologists or paleozoologists – study and explain and taxonimize (make lists of) the animals and places and times they study. Such exploration can be as silly as Dr. Seuss’s Put Me In the Zoo or as unexpectedly interesting and detailed as the paleozoologist in Jurassic Park who knows what triceratops eat and knows how to learn about their diets by exploring their waste.
6. A banquet – or a parade! – Many schools love to end their month-long experience with One School, One Book with a banquet or feast of some kind. The Enormous Egg doesn’t lend itself as well to this idea – but it does end w/ a parade and a celebration and even cider and doughnuts. Your school could start w/ the cider and doughnuts (easy, user friendly) and take off from there. How about a parade to celebrate Uncle Beazley? Classes could make placards and posters. Or even write poems or songs. It might be a fun, unsual way to celebrate both the end – and your time – with the book.