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Battle of the Books


February 27, 2009

Found In: language arts, parental involvement, reading, reading activities, programs & events, student-directed learning activities

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!

 

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