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    Meadowlark Elementary
    Battle of the Books
     
    bob
     
    Congratulations to Meadowlark Elementary's Battle of the Books Teams!
     
    2018--3rd place in WSFCS District Competition                                       
    2017--1st place WSFCS District Competition, 2nd place in the Regional Competition
    2016--2nd place in WSFCS District Competition                                                             
    2015--1st place in WSFCS District Competition, (no Regional Competition held in 2015)
    2014--1st place in WSFCS District Competition, 1st place in the Regional Competition
    2013--3rd place in WSFCS District Competition                                                       
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Upcoming Meeting Dates/Times: 
     
    4th/5th grade teams meet weekly either in the mornings at 7:30 or afternoons at 3:00; see your coach for specific meeting times.   
     
    3rd grade members meet with Mrs. Cagle on select days during lunch. 
     
    2nd grade participants -- meet with Mrs. Cagle on select afternoons until 3:30
     

    What is Battle of the Books?
    *A team of fourth and fifth grade students who read selected books and answer questions from them.  This year there are 15 titles on our list.
     
    **3rd graders have have the opportunity to participate in a "book club" format during lunch every month or so with Mrs. Cagle.**

    *A team can have no more than 12 members (with only 6 members allowed to play during a round).  Most of our teams have 5-6 members.

    *Teams compete in a schoolwide competition in the spring and with other elementary teams throughout the school system on one competition day later in the spring. 

     

    How does my child become a member of the team?

    All 4th and 5th grade students are invited to participate in the Battle of the Books.  Students make a team when they read and write questions for a certain number of books.  This year, students must read and write questions for 5 of the BOB titles.  Teams will begin to form in September, so we encourage students to work on reading over the summer.  Students who need more time to read will be placed on a team later in the fall. 

     
     
    Once teams are created, they will be assigned a Team Leader and teams will decide on a team mascot and create their team colors.  The Leaders will work with students to help make sure students are continuing to read the BOB books and to help students prepare for competition.

    What will practices be like?

    We will start holding practices early in the school year at first for anyone who is interested. After the first initial practice to discuss the above information, our practices will be discussion groups on the books and/or questions in the Battle of the Book format on all books.

     

    How are questions supposed to look?

     

    1. Begin each question with “In which book…”
    2. Use present tense (“does ____ happen?”).
    3. Character names and names of setting locations cannot be used.
    4. Write the page number for the answer.
    5. Avoid using words from the title.
    6. Avoid obvious questions.
    7. Avoid questions that can be answered by more than one title.

    Example question:  In which book does a character read to chickens?

    Example question:  In which book did a girl find a long lost brother? 
    A non-example:  In which book was there a character named Mary Jane?
     
    Use the Question Template (link below) to type questions for email to Mrs. Bullard. 
     
    How can parents help?

    *You can volunteer to read the books and write questions.

    *You can purchase extra copies of the books on the list for students to share.

    *You can provide snacks for before/after school practices.


    *You can encourage your child and cheer him/her on!
     

     

        

     
     

    Students must know the exact title of the book and each author's name.  
     
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Bullard, Mrs. Cagle, or your child's teacher.