Saturday, March 10, 2018

One District, One Book, Some Pig

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This week our elementary and middle schools launched a special project, a district-wide book club called One District, One Book™. Every family received a copy of the same book- E. B. White's
Charlotte's Web - and will be reading it together at home over the next few weeks. Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares children to be effective readers, and it is a fun, worthwhile family activity.
One of the most unique features of the program is that children of all grade levels will be listening to their parents read the same book. Not only does it expose our younger readers to a chapter book, but it is an opportunity for parents to read to their more advanced readers.  With the One District, One Book™ program, everyone - students, parents, teachers, and even administrators- will be reading along together.  

Students will be exploring the book in class through activities and discussion.  There are even daily trivia questions based on the story posted throughout the schools. On Monday, schools introduced their students to the book through special events, many involving characters from the book.  There was even a real pig at one of the schools! (See pictures below) Schools have numerous special activities planned around the book before the program comes to a close at the end of the month. 

The program creates an atmosphere that excites students about reading and involves families in the relevance of reading together. It is also a great opportunity for teachers to utilize the station time in the instructional framework to incorporate discussions about the characters, themes, plots, and literary components within this rich novel. 
And that, in Charlotte's own words, is "Terrific".

Carrollton Elementary School built their own barn.  Characters from the book will be showing up over the next few weeks. 

Georgie Tyler Middle students scan QR codes to answer trivia questions about Charlotte's Web.

Westside had a "slop" eating contest between a few brave teachers.

Windsor Elementary (above) and Hardy Elementary (bottom right) both presented character skits to their students.  And both schools had a pig! (Can you tell which one was real?)