There are a few schools around the county doing the One School, One Book program with the book The World According to Humphrey. Basically the whole school reads a book for a period of time to help promote the joy of reading within the community. Each child is given their own copy of a book, so they can take it home and read the scheduled chapters together as a family and as a school.
Tuckahoe Elementary, our partner school, and Fair Oaks Elementary are participating in the program together. TES had their parents buy each of their students a book for the program. The TES parents and PTA also purchased 370 books for every FOES student as well!! They also purchased prizes for our trivia questions that we will be doing on the morning announcements! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Also, a big shout out to Ellen Gonzalez, Resource Teacher at TES, for being so instrumental in making this all happen! Working with such great faculties, parents, and PTAs to help make this program a success for all our students is so refreshing and motivating!
To help bring our two schools together on this project, I have created a One School, One Book Google Site for both our schools to use. The website includes a welcome page with reading schedule, a podcast page with teachers reading chapters, a fun links page with a message from the author and research links about class pets, and a Join the Conversation page with a “chat room” for each grade level to collaborate about the chapters as they read them. Check out this short video that gives a quick preview of the website and shows how use the chat room. The chat rooms will be an easy and fun way for our students to continue the conversation beyond the classroom and school walls! Please feel free to join in the conversation with our Tuckahoe and Fair Oaks students!
Even if your school isn’t participating in One School, One Book program, The World According to Humphrey makes for an awesome read aloud book with your class! The book is written from the perspective of Humphrey, the class pet, who is a hamster! Below are two great resources that we have shared with our teachers that can be used for lesson planning! Feel free to check them out and utilize them with your class!
15 Day Lesson Plan
Chapter by Chapter Ideas
More Lesson Ideas