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Meridian's One Book, One School

One Book, One School

Meridian is excited to host our first One Book, One School.   Our entire school, from K-5, in-person and remote, will be reading The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el. This event kicks off Read Across America on Tuesday, March 2nd. All teachers will be provided with a copy of this book to read to students. We want to also invite families that would like to read along to purchase a book if they wish. The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el can be purchased online for $7.99 from Amazon or

We can't wait to embark on this reading journey with you! 

A video message for Meridian Families from Dan Bar-el, the author of The Very, Very Far North

Family Activities:

We encourage families to also get involved. The last page of the students' Reader's Guide packets have a Family Bingo that includes fun activities the whole family can get involved in.  The Family Activities Bingo is also attached as a pdf below. We set up a Flipgrid where families can record a brief video showing their participation. To post to Flipgrid, you must use your students' Adams 12 email account. Flipgrid videos should be submitted by March 31st. 

Families are also asked to help students make a Reading Buddy. A polar bear template will be sent home with each student. The craft can be constructed out of felt or paper. This template is also included as a pdf below. 

Reader's Guides will be given out to students. There is a primary version and an intermediate version. Remote students' families can pick these up in the vestibule by the main entrance during regular school hours. There are stacks with the grade level and remote teacher's name indicated. 

Students and families can listen to podcasts of the chapters. The current week's chapters will be made available coinciding with our school's pacing of the book. We will be reading about three chapters per week.

Audiobook Links:

Intro/Chapter One, Page 1 to 14 (Tues., March 2)

Chapter 2, pages 15-29​ (Wed., March 3)

Chapter 3, pages 30- 44 (Thurs., March 4)

Chapter 4, pages 45 - 66 (Mon., March 8)

Chapter 5, pages 67- 82 (Tues., March 9)

Chapter 6, pages 83 - 97 (Thurs., March 11)

Chapter 7, pages 97 - 120 (Fri., March 12)

Chapter 8, pages 121 - 146 (Tues.,  March 16)

Chapter 9, pages 147 -158 (Wed., March 17)

Chapter 10, first half, pages 159 - 171 (Fri., March 19)

Chapter 10, second half, pages 172 - 194  (Tues., March 30)

Chapter 11, pages 195- 220 (Thurs., April 1)

Chapter 12, pages 221 - 237 (Fri., April 2)

Chapter 13, pages 238 - 243 Read by Superintendent Gdowski (Tues., April 6)

Chapter 14 and conclusion pages 245 - 260 (Wed., April 7)

Duane's Letter, pages 263-265  (Thurs., April 8)

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PDF icon One Book One School Family Activities Bingo.pdf138.22 KB03/01/2021
PDF icon reading buddy template for Meridian.pdf452.92 KB03/01/2021