Battle of the Books
February 27, 2009
We hold a “Battle of the Books” contest in our fourth-grade classroom. Any student may apply to be in the contest. The application process entails reading a designated book and formulating questions that are associated with the reading. Students who opt to participate are placed in heterogeneous teams, and the battle preparation begins.
All students must read a collection of ten books during the semester. There is an assembly with “Olympic Fanfare” and a torch runner to begin the excitement. Parents of participants and third- and fourth-grade students are invited. There is much excitement involved in the program, because our devoted principal is involved in the entire process and agrees to be a coach for some of the teams. It becomes a “battle” between his teams and mine. The motivation to read and beat the opponent’s team is awesome!