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Battle of the Books

 One Week Until the DPES Battle of the Books! (2/7/19)

Our Battle of the Books tournament is scheduled for Valentine’s Day (Thursday, February 14th). It will be held in the Library during your child’s recess. Their team will huddle in a spot in the library, I will give them a test packet, and together they will work through the packet answering the questions about the books. Due to the way this competition is being held, parents do not need to attend because there will be nothing exciting to see.

How you can help:

  • Ask your child if they have read the books they volunteered to read for their team
  • See if they know how to correctly spell the book’s title and author
  • Encourage them that this competition is for fun, and stress-free!

Please note:

  • Due to confusion over which version of The Secret Garden to read, it WILL NOT be in the competition. The same goes for the book Paul Bunyan.
  • Each team has a chance of getting up to 3 points per question: 1 point for knowing the book’s title, 1 for knowing the book’s author, and 1 point for spelling both the title and author correctly

I am so proud of you child being in this competition! With the high number of students participating, there is no doubt that our DPES students love reading! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

Battle of the Books 2018-19 Meeting Recap (12/18/18)
Today (12/18/18), we had a 2018-19 Battle of the Books meeting for our interested 3rd and 4th graders. Here is what we discussed and/or accomplished...
  • Students formed teams of 3-6 if they hadn't already
  • They selected a team captain and scribe
    • Captain- helps encourage each team member to do their part, is who I share announcements/information with, and helps organize when teams meet to discuss their books
    • Scribe- Learns how to correctly spell each book's title and author to write it neatly during the competition
  • Team members divided the list of 30 books into who will read what
  • I gave tips on what each student should share with their team about their books. I encouraged them to write the following on a note card or notebook for their team:
    • Title
    • Author
    • Characters
    • Brief summary of the book including problem and solution
Talk to your child about who is on their team, what books they are to read, and what strategies their team have to prepare for the competition. I will have sample questions posted in the library each week for our students to view to help them practice. Our competition will fall around the first week in February.
How parents can help:
  • Ask your child about what they are reading and if they shared it with their team
  • Help your child locate any books that may be checked out/unavailable from our library (only Battle of the Books students may check out Battle of the Books books)
  • Host or see if your child's team needs to meet together and discuss their books. You may contact me if you'd like them to meet at the school
I am SO excited! We currently have 60 interested students on teams. Let me know if you have any questions!