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March is Reading Month Activities

One School, One Book

Oakridge Lower Elementary is embarking on a special project, an all school book club called One School, One Book.  Every family will receive a copy of the same book – Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle– and we are asking you to read it at home over the month of March.  Please make the time so your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader.  But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity.  With the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at Oakridge Lower Elementary.  Everyone – students, teachers, even administrative staff – will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits.

One School, One Book is a novel program in that children at all grade levels will be listening to the same book.  Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level.  And we also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves.  We have selected a title that can be followed, understood, and enjoyed by younger students, but will still captivate and stimulate older children.

Good luck!  We hope everyone will be talking about Keith and Ralph and their adventures that develop around a tiny motorcycle!  “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.”  With your help, we can build a community of readers at our school.


Reading Schedule & Activity Calendar

Your child will receive his/her copy of The Mouse and the Motorcycle after our special school-wide assembly introducing the program and the book. When the book comes home, you will receive a reading schedule. Generally, you will be asked to read a chapter a night-about 15 minutes.

In school, your child will be invited to answer the daily reading question noted on the calendar to encourage and reward attentive, active listening.  You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story.   You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can be included.  

March is Reading Month Calendar

Download a copy of the March is Reading Month Student Calendar


Family Project – Make a Mousetrap

Ralph is on the loose! We need to catch him with a mousetrap. Please work with your family to design a mousetrap that will be sure to fool Ralph. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Design a trap that will be sure to catch (but not hurt) a mouse.
  • Write a how-to on the steps needed to catch Ralph, (First, next, last). Turn this in with your mousetrap.
  • Turn your mousetrap in on or BEFORE March 20, 2019.
  • Be creative and have fun!!


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