Today was our 3rd and 4th grade Battle of the Books. Students in these grades read the same 10 books. We build our battle of the books program in stages from 3rd through 5th grade. Each year, we add a few layers to the competition.
Natalie Hicks, spectrum teacher, leads our 3rd grade program. In 3rd grade, students focus on reading the books for enjoyment and working together on a team. We still hold a competition for them, but it is very low key. All teams are in the final battle. Each team gets 10 questions during the competition, but if they miss a question, the question does not get passed on to a new team. The team with the most points at the end of this small competition is named the grade level winner.
Heather Carlson, spectrum teacher, leads our 4th grade program. In 4th grade, all teams compete with one another in the final battle. However, if a team misses a question, the next team has a chance to answer the same question for a lower point value. Teams can also challenge a question if they feel that their answer was actually correct.
In 5th grade, we do the full battle of the books. We have 2 rounds of competition with all of the teams. The points from those 2 rounds are added together to decide who battles in the final battle. The final battle has 20 questions and teams can steal questions from the other team as well as challenge questions. The winning team from 5th grade moves on to the district competition. There is no district competition for 3rd and 4th grade.
Many thanks to all of the classroom teachers, families, and students who make this annual program a success. You can listen to today’s competition at the following 2 links: