Students and Vendors: Meeting with Avid Bookshop

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Our book budget students have continued to meet with vendors to spend our $5,000 James Patterson Partnership grant.  They have gone through a long process to create a survey, survey students, analyze data, set goals, and meet with vendors to create consideration lists.  They met with Jim Boon of Capstone Press and Gret Hechenbleikner of Gumdrop books.  Students have just finished meeting with their final vendor, Avid Bookshop.

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We love working with our local independent bookshop.  They are always willing to come into the school or Skype in to share books with us for projects.  Will Walton, author and bookseller, came in to do book talks with our 3 small groups of book budget students.  Each grade comes in separately for 30 minutes, and each group picks up where the previous group left off.

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We pulled up our goals on the screen so that Will could use them as a talking point with students.  He brought some Advance Reader Copies of books that might meet our goals but also offered his own knowledge of books that matched many of our goals such as graphic novels, scary, and humorous stories.  As Will talked, I was in charge of creating a Google doc of the books so that students could look back at them later.

One of the things that I absolutely loved as Will was talking was how our students were getting hooked on the books he was talking about.  There was an immediate trust of Will, and several students found a book that they personally wanted to read.  He graciously handed out some the ARCs and told students to read them and pass them on to someone else.  He also encouraged students to come in and visit Avid Bookshop.  Several requested that he write down the address of the shop since they had never actually been inside.

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Will also started thinking of certain authors and series and going onto the shelves of our library to find them.  He handed out several of our own books and students checked them out to read.  He really reminded me of the importance of book talks and how I really need to be doing this more than I am!

After Will left, we continued to work on our Avid list.  I email it to Janet Geddis and the Avid team.  They will now check the list to make sure all of the titles are available, and they will send us a quote to help us narrow down our list to what we will actually purchase.  Students have two more meetings before the holidays, so we  hope we can fine tune all 3 of our lists to match our $5,000 budget.

2014 Battle of the Books District Champions!

IMG_2765Today was our district battle of the books.  Our school level champions, the Rainbow Glitter Sweet Tooths, represented Barrow at this year’s district competition.

To get to this point, this team of 5 girls has spent time since December reading and rereading the 10 books for this year’s battle.  They competed against 5 other teams at the school level to become the school champions.  They spent hours upon hours practicing questions at school and at home to prepare for today.

At the district competition, the 14 elementary schools all brought their winning school team to compete against one another.  The girls participated in 2 rounds of 20 questions.  The points in those rounds were totaled and the top 2 scores moved on to the final battle.  Barrow batted against Timothy Road Elementary in the final.

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The 2 final teams had 20 new questions for the final battle.  It was an extremely close battle because both of these teams were strong.  The questions went back and forth with Barrow and Timothy both getting almost every question correct.  The points were so close, but Barrow came ahead with just a few points above Timothy.  Both of these teams should be extremely proud of their hard work.

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When we returned to school, the entire 5th grade lined the hallways and cheered on the team as they walked to the library for a pizza and cookie cake celebration.  We are all exhausted, but very proud.  The girls immediately checked out some new books in the library.  They have spent so much time with the 10 battle books that they are eager to move on to many new adventures in reading.

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Way to represent Barrow School Cate, Irene, Sophia, Italia, and Lauren, aka the Rainbow Glitter Sweet Tooths!  We are so very proud of you.

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