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Jackson Families Read

As a school community our focus is always on how we can best support and work together with students and families. Jackson Families Read is an initiative to encourage families to "unplug" and spend sometime reading and talking to each other...and maybe getting a little creative! 

Each Wednesday, we will be sending out a question or topic for families to discuss - check your email at 4:45 for the latest topic! The hope and intention is that as a family you can sit, aread together and talk a little bit about what you're reading.  This isn't meant to be an onerous task, but rather one that can bring you together for a few minutes each week! 

Winter 2020 Book - Charlotte's Web

We had so much fun with Mouse and the Motorcycle this fall, we thought "Let's Do it Again!". We are happy and excited to announce the launch of our second Family Reading book - Charlotte's Web!  Just like we did with Mouse and the Motorcycle we will be sending home weekly family activities. We invite you to have some fun as a family, and read together. 

As many parents will know Charlotte's Web is a classic, and for many brings back memories of their own childhood. Because of its age (it was published in 1952!) there may be some vocabulary that needs explaining in reference to the time, as word choice has changed from then until now.

Is reading tough? Is English a challenge? No need to worry! A full audio version of the book is available below!

Family Activities

  • February 19: What is life like on a farm? What is the same as living in the city, what is different?
  • February 26: If Wilbur didn't live in the barn, where would he live? Using recycled materials, make Wilbur a new living space. Bring it in to decorate our halls!

​We're Back! During At-Home Learning if you would like to continue with Charlotte's Web activities we would love for you to share them with us! Email your pictures to Ms. Kenney (shannon.kenney [at]

  • April 27-May 1 - "Wilbur was lonely on that rainy day...".  What do you do to keep busy with your family on a rainy day? Send Ms. Kenney a picture of your favourite rainy day activity! 
  • May 4 - 8 - Charlotte surprised everyone when she started writing messages in her web. Write your own message in Charlotte’s web.  What would you like to tell the world? Send Ms. Kenney a picture of your message! (shannon.kenney [at]
  • May 11-15 - There was a very rotten egg under Wilbur’s trough.  Templeton thought it was a good place to hide it. Design a method for transporting a rotten egg.  Send Ms. Kenney a picture of your new contraption! (shannon.kenney [at]
  • May 18-22 - Templeton was a surprising friend to Wilbur. Who has been a surprising friend to you? Talk as a family about what it means to be a good friend.
  • May 25-29 - Design your own fair ride.  What would you like to do at the fair?  What would be a fun ride to go on? Send Ms. Kenney a picture of your fair ride! (shannon.kenney [at]
  • June 1-5 - Draw and describe your favourite character in Charlotte's Web. Send it to Ms. Kenney (shannon.kenney [at]!
  • June 8-12 - Draw and describe your favourite part of Charlotte's Web. Send it to Ms. Kenney (shannon.kenney [at]!

Listen to Charlotte's Web read by Jackson staff...

Chapter 1 - Before Breakfast   (Read by Ms. Kenney)
Chapter 2 - Wilbur (Read by Mrs. Minchuk)
Chapter 3 - Escape (Read by Ms. Lee)
Chapter 4 - Lonliness (Read by Ms. Lindquist)
Chapter 5 - Charlotte (Read by Ms. D - EA Practicum Student)
Chapter 6 - Summer Days (Read by Mrs. B)
Chapter 7 - Bad News (Read by Ms. Lee)
Chapter 8 - A Talk at Home (Read by Mrs. White)
Chapter 9 - Wilbur's Boast (Read by Ms. Kenney)
Chapter 10 - An Explosion (Read by Mrs. Zemp)
Chapter 11 - The Miracle (Read by Mrs. Mahal)
Chapter 12 - A Meeting (Read by Ms. Lee)
Chapter 13 - Good Progress (Read by Mrs. Mahal)
Chapter 14 - Dr. Dorian (Read by Ms. MacInnis)
Chapter 15 - The Crickets (Read by Mrs. Minchuk)
Chapter 16 - Off to the Fair (Read by Ms. Lee)
Chapter 17 - Uncle (Read by Ms. S)
Chapter 18 - The Cool of the Evening (Read by Mrs. Zemp)
Chapter 19 - The Egg Sac (Read by Mrs. Smith)
Chapter 20 - The Hour of Triumph (Read by Ms. Lindquist)
Chapter 21 - Last Day (Read by Mrs. B)
Chapter 22 - A Warm Wind (Read by Mrs. Smith)



Fall 2019 Book - The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Family Activities

  • September 26, 2019: If you could name your own pet mouse, what would you name it?
  • October 2, 2019: Design your own vehicle for a mouse. Bring a picture of your design to add to the bulletin board.
  • October 9, 2019: Keith’s family is visiting a hotel. How is a hotel different than a house? As a family, talk about what part of a hotel you would like to explore. 
  • October 16, 2019: What super power do you think Ralph would have? Why?
  • October 23, 2019: Design a Halloween costume for Ralph. Bring in your design and add it to our bulletin board.
  • October 30, 2019: What is your favourite part of the book so far?
  • November 6, 2019: Would Ralph make a good friend? Why or why not?
  • November 13: Build a house for a mouse using only recyclable materials. Take a picture of your creation, or add your “mouse house” to our school display. 
  • November 20: Would a mouse make a good pet? Why or why not?
  • November 27: If you were Ralph, what would your dream meal be?
  • December 4: Design a map showing where you would go on your motorcycle. Add your map to the bulletin board.
  • December 11: What do you think Ralph’s next adventure should be?
  • December 18: If you had a Christmas present for Ralph, what would it be?