Back before winter break, we introduced the idea of Battle of the Books to our students to gauge interest and form teams. Since every grade level is allowed only 4 participants (and 1 alternate), we had to have a quiz-off to see who made the cut. Students read 2 of the books on the sanctioned Battle of the Books list and were tested to see who read more carefully and thoroughly. After a valiant effort by all, the final roster was determined.
With the teams settled, students got to work reading! 5th and 6th grade had the same list, and 7th and 8th grade had a different set of books to read. Leading up to the big day, we had a test run so students could get a feel for the types of questions and what it would feel like on competition day.
5th/6th grade books
- The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
- Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin
- Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
- Ms. Bixby’s Last day by John David Anderson
- The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
- Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
- Ungifted by Gordon Korman
- The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Wild Robot by Peter Brown
7th/8th grade books
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
- Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
- Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick by Jennifer Holm
- Ghost by Jason Reynolds
- House Arrest by K.A. Holt
- A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
- Peak by Roland Smith
- Ravens Gate by Anthony Horowitz
Last Monday we grabbed 2 mini buses full of students and headed to the Battle of the Books competition. Each grade level had 17 questions to answer on their whiteboards. Questions began with the phrase “In what book did ….” and students answered with book title and author. Teams received 5 points for the correct title and an additional 3 for the author’s name. Should the students disagree with the answer, they had 2 challenge opportunities. During challenges, the team members had a set amount of time to locate the answer to the question in the book of their choice. If they came up empty handed, there was no penalty. However, if they did find text supporting the question, any team on stage that used that book as an answer received points.
We are incredibly proud to announce that 5th grade tied for 1st place, 6th and 7th came in 4th place respectively, and after a nail-biter, 8th grade came in 2nd. Can’t wait for next year’s battle!