Battle of the Books is a statewide program that is coordinated by WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association) and is available to our 4th and 5th grade students.
From the WEMTA Battle of the Books site:
"The statewide Battle of the Books program is designed to promote a love of reading among our students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters, and settings of the books... It is a fun, academic-based competition that has been very successful in school district's throughout the state in encouraging students to read."
As part of the competition, students will form teams of 3 to 4 and work together to read through the 20 titles that were chosen for the year. Students can split up the reading, but teams that work to read all of the titles do much better. Student teams will keep track of which books they have read on a Google spreadsheet that all teams will have access to. The link to this spreadsheet will be emailed to your child so they can access it from home if they login to their district account. I am not posting the link here as I don't want the link publicly available. (Please remember that student district email accounts are only to be used for educational purposes.)
Our school library will order several copies of each book through a gracious donation from our PTO, however, I encourage you to also utilize the public library to increase your child's access to the books. Depending on the number of students that sign up and the length of the books, there can be a wait to check them out from school.
Here is a link to the 2017-2018 Battle of the Books booklist.
Want to see a video highlight of this years' books? Click the image below to view
We will have school-based 'mini-battles' which will be used to determine which team will be entered in the online state competition which is typically held in late February. All of the questions for the 'mini-battles', as well as the official Battle of the Books battles, will come from the books and will always follow this form:
Question: Name the book in which a young boy goes off to wizardry school.The answers are always the name of the book AND the author so it's important that students know this information.
Our Battle of the Books teams will meet occasionally during recess to check in, practice matching authors and titles and to do practice battles, however, the reading is done on their own time either at home or during independent reading time at school. The month before the state battle, we will meet once a week during recess time to prepare. Please be sure your child understands the comittments listed above.
If you're looking for a way to practice the authors and titles at home, here are a couple of resources for you.
Here is a set of flashcards with the titles and authors (along with images of the books to help kiddos get started that you can print off. Students also will receive a copy of this at one of our meetings. The book images will NOT be available when we do the official battles.
Another option is to check out this Quizlet link. You can access Quizlet online or download the free app from the App Store or Google Play. If you download the app, search for WEMTA Battle of the Books Elementary Division for the current year.
There are several options you can try on Quizlet. I would recommend using:
Fun matching game. See how fast you can match the titles with the authors. If you pick the wrong match extra time is added. See if you can beat your own time!
Choose Multiple Choice or True/False for different ways to practice matching the titles and authors.
We will also be using Kahoot (an online game-like quiz site) and a Moodle (a secure, online learning environment) created by WEMTA with various practice activities as well.
** Students DO NOT have to memorize the spellings **
of the authors and titles.
They only need to be able to match them.
Here's a practice Battle that you can do online to get the idea and feel of how the battles will look. Give it a try and see how you do!