Submitted by Debby Walters
BALDWIN, WI – Over 100 enthusiastic readers from the 3rd-4th grade and the 4th-5th grade multi-age, plus 4th and 5th grade classrooms, participated in the Battle of the Books program at Greenfield Elementary School.
These students formed teams in October 2016 and began reading from a list of 20 required books which is created by students and library media specialists around the state. The list consists of Golden Archer nominations, award winners and just plain “good” books.
The interschool competition began in January 2017 and consisted of five rounds of questioning. From those rounds, the top four teams were determined. Those four teams were the Brainiacs 3.0 (Ben Peavey, Tyler Pollack, Ryan Veenendaal and Charlie Willink), Dictionaries (Sydney Boyer, Colton Hush, Natalie Jaskot and Noah Saurer), Epics (Luke Deshane, Gavin Finstad, Jesse Gorman and Ty Manninen), and the Fantastic Book Bunkers (Gabby Affolter, Hannah Forest, Maran Luckwaldt and Ava Veen).
The top teams competed in front of their classmates. It was a very close competition but the Dictionaries won by answering one more question correctly than the other groups. The Dictionaries will go on to compete in the state competition the week of February 20.
Participants were asked to evaluate the program and made these observations: “I liked that you could read lots of great books that you would most likely never read and that it made me think and read more.”
The program is a success if students read just one more book than they normally would have. Congratulations to all the Battle of the Books readers!