White River Elementary OBOS 2016

The One and Only Ivan

The book trailer for The One and Only Ivan
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate

Discover More About the Book and Author

Explore the official One and Only Ivan website, including book reviews, the story of the real Ivan, a biography about the author, and contact information. Katherine Applegate talks about how she came upon the topic for this book and reads her first two pages of the story.

Get to Know Ivan, the Gorilla

Watch NPR Story Meet 'Ivan': The Gorilla Who Lived in a Shopping Mall. See Ivan's life at the Zoo Atlanta. Also from NPR, see Ivan's obituary. Read Defenders of Wildlife's basic facts or check out National Geographic's information about gorillas and their habitats. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, founded by Dian Fossey an American zoologist, is an organization dedicated to protecting gorillas, their habitats, and nearby communities.

The book trailer for Ivan the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
Katherine Applegate tells the true story of Ivan in her new picture book

Reading Month Activities

Week of February 22th- Objects related to the book appear. Use the objects to generate curiosity and excitement! Listen for "one liners", quotes from the book on the morning announcements on Tuesday-Friday.

February 26th (afternoon)- Ivan appears around the school. Continue to create excitement by "not seeing" the gorilla.

February 29th (afternoon)- Ivan delivers the books to each classroom.

Week of March 7th- Within your classroom, create random times to "Drop Everything and Read- an Ivan book".

Week of March 14th- Guest readers visit to read from the Ivan books.

Week of March 21st- School wide culminating activities-TBA