Belle Terre

BTES Battle Of The Books

Belle Terre Elementary School is hosting a Battle of the Books competition on April 19th at 6:00 pm in the BTES Media Center. Any third through sixth grade student who has read the required books are allowed to participate in the competition. Battle of the Books is a competition where students read the Sunshine State Young Reader Award books and answer questions based on the books.

BTES has two groups, the Jr. Battle of the Books is made up of third and fourth graders and the Battle of the Books is made up of fifth and sixth graders. All of the elementary schools in the district used to participate and battle against each other, but this unfortunately stopped because some schools were having trouble getting students to participate. The students at Belle Terre Elementary have always wanted to participate in this competition so Media Specialist, Mrs. Stacy Anderson, started having a school based battle. Anyone is welcome to attend the evening event and see the actual Battle of the Books competitions.

“It is important for students to participate because it teaches them to work as a team,” Mrs. Anderson said. “They also learn commitment to a goal and the obvious benefit of lots of reading, which helps improve their fluency, comprehension and vocabulary skills.”

A group of teachers, including Mrs. Anderson, chose the books for the battle from the Sunshine State books at the beginning of the year and the students had until Spring to read them. Currently students are just practicing for the competition part. The students had to read books based on their grade level:

3rd – 4th Grade:

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. (Book Trailer/Poster)

Alien in My Pocket #2: The Science Unfair by Nate Ball. (Electromagnets)

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord.

5th – 6th Grade:

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry. (Book Trailer/Poster)

Alien in My Pocket #2: The Science Unfair by Nate Ball. (Electromagnets)

The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz.

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart.

The students practice on Wednesdays in the media center from 3:15-4:30. They meet for practice for 4 or 5 weeks and then hold the two battles at the evening event. The questions during the competition require that students are familiar with the books, titles and authors. There are three rounds and each round is worth more points per question.

Mrs. Nicole Massey, a teacher helping with the competition, said, “The goal of these book clubs is to encourage reading with the novels Mrs. Anderson and I have chosen from the Sunshine State Standards list for that school year. This year we met every Wednesday, starting in September – the Jr. Bobcats in the morning, before school, and the Bobcats, after school. I also “tie in” the BTES Flagship of iRECS (Innovation, Robotics, Engineering & Computer Science) by connecting a “project” to each book.”

Mrs. Massey also explains that this competition gives students motivation and encouragement to read books. If you are interested in watching the BTES students put their brains to work, attend the Battle of the Books on April 19th!

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