March Reading Month

Onekama first grade students appreciated a field trip to the Onekama public library 

with their teacher Carolyn Bradford.

Portagers are Wild About Reading


The 2018 theme for March is Reading Month at Onekama Elementary School is “Wild About Reading!” The month is dedicated to supporting students in their growth as readers and encouraging a love for reading in students of all ages.


From hallway displays to locker and door decorations, the school was abuzz with excitement about reading. Students participated in dress-up days including safari prints, Tropical Tuesday, wild hair day, “Tribal Pride Day” (school colors), and “Explorers’ Day Off” (pajama day).


Students were encouraged to have fun with words and language on “Cackle with a Jackal” day, in which each student brought in a joke to share, and “Wild Word Wednesday,” when students shared interesting or new words with classmates.


The Safari Swap Book Exchange took place on Thursday, March 10 in the school’s media center. Students grew their home libraries by bringing in gently used books to exchange with others.


The excitement continued in elementary art classes.  Third grade students created jungle-related large group drawings that are displayed in the main hallway of the school. Added art teacher Dana Woolman, “I read Eric Carl's books Mixed Up Chameleon and Mouse Paint to the first graders and they are creating mixed-up animal collages with their own handmade, finger-painted paper.” 


Activities took place in every classroom, with buddy reading between classes, guest mystery readers from the community, field trips to the library, and special reading-related activities designed to build excitement for reading.


The culmination of month-long celebration of reading is the Rumble in the Jungle Party, to be held on March 21 in the school’s cafetorium. All students who meet their classroom reading goals are invited to join for treats, dancing, and prizes.


Parents are invited to join in the fun, too, during Family Literacy Night, which will be held in the school’s media center on Thursday, April 5 during parent-teacher conferences from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Parents and students can participate together in some fun jungle animal-themed literacy activities and refreshments. The Spring Book Fair will also be set up during that time.

Kai a second grade student at Onekama, enjoyed sharing the book Chicken Story Time with her classmates. “She did an amazing job reading and teaching us about getting along with others and doing our part to help each other,” said her teacher Ben Mauntler.

Third and fourth grade students at Onekama enjoyed buddy reading, allowing them to practice their oral reading skills and share their favorite books with students from different classes.

March is Reading Month

at Onekama Elementary


Onekama Kindergarten student Isabelle  proves that she is “Wild About Reading” during March is Reading Month.

Third grade students Delaney, Ava, and Adalyn show off their wild side during Onekama School’s jungle-themed reading month